Sometimes I feel it is difficult to know what is the part of speech of specific word when it is come without context (without more additional information)?
The thunder is terrifying.
Is terrifying Adjectival or Verbal?
but when additional information is available, the part of speech will be clear:
- Verbal: The thunder is terrifying my son, could you close the door, please?
- Adjectival: The thunder is terrifying and noisy.
The door was closed.
- Verbal (passive voice): The door was closed by him.
- Adjectival: The door was closed when we got there.
So, When the context isn't available, How can we know what the part of speech is ? let's say some one ask you: What is the part of speech of terrifying in "The thunder is terrifying"? what will your answer?