The student are very surprised if I get their names right

"The student are very surprised" is this sentence passive or not? Some teacher told me that the agent doesn't important and I can remove it

And the previous sentence can be passive by adding agent to it or not

Is these words correctly??!


This is a matter of how you analyze things. surprised is the passive past participle of transitive surprise but here it is used as a gradable adjective rather than in a passive construction.

When you add an agent phrase it occupies a nebulous realm:

They were very surprised by the loud noise.

It is still gradable despite the explicit agent.

What if you change "very" to "very much"?

They were very much surprised by the loud noise.

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