Verbs which are always followed by past participle

You seem unconcerned. The sauce tastes burned. In these two sentences, past participle of verbs, unconcerned and burned, have been used after two especial verbs, seem and tastes. Are they always followed by past participle? If they are not always followed by past participle, please say when they will be followed and when they will … Read more

In “I have grown very fond of Alec”, why is an adjective (“fond”) used instead of an adverb?

I have grown very fond of Alec. I think this sentence looks weird. I suppose grown is a verb, and should be followed by an adverb. But I don’t think fond is an adverb. Is this sentence correct in grammar? Thanks. Answer It is grammatically correct. From Longman Dictionary, “Over the years we’ve grown very … Read more

‘seems + noun’ vs ‘seems like + noun’

What are the similarities and differences? Presented in, Corpus of Contemporary English depicts the dominance of ‘seems like’, but what does this imply? Are there any formal terms describing these issues? I read that ‘to seem’ is a copular verb. Answer One uses “seems _ARTICLE _NOUN”, “seems to be _ARTICLE _NOUN”, and “seems like … Read more

don’t be that away — what does that exactly mean?

From a science fiction movie entitled The Mist (2007): — Nobody else heard that sound? — What sound? — I don’t know. Like a weird noise. Back there in the dark. Like something was, like, pressing against the door. — Did you hear it before the lights went out or after? — No, only after. … Read more

Difference between ‘to cause to become’ and ‘to cause’

[Random House Dictionary], s.v. make 3. to cause to be or become; render: to make someone happy. 8. to cause, induce, or compel: to make a horse jump a barrier. What’s the difference between 3 and 8 in their meaning? Answer Both uses of make have the sense of causing something to be predicated of … Read more

When do “well” and “good” mean the same?

I know good normally is an adjective (“[object] is good”), and well is normally an adverb (“[activity] is performed well”). But quite a few times I’ve seen good used in place of well. For example, you can be feeling good. When is good applicable as adverb? Is the vice-versa situation possible? Answer As kiamlaluno tells … Read more