In the sentence "they were extremely well made", is the "made" a noun or participle? Could the "made" be a noun? Thank you very much!

  • No, not a noun. "Well-made" is actually a verb-centred compound adjective (note the hyphen) where "well" is an adverb and "made" is a verb past participle. – BillJ Jan 29 '17 at 12:12

It's a participle. 'Well' is an adverb modifying 'made'. Consider also:

The were extremely well painted/decorated.

You couldn't replace the verb form with a noun, but you could with an adjective if you removed 'well' also.

They were extremely flat/old.

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