My mother promised to look after my dog while I was gone.

Can someone through light upon the above given sentence
What grammatical label can be given to the word "gone."
Also is the sentence grammatically correct ?

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    I'd say it's a past participle verb form used adjectivally. Same as continuous participle being used adjectivally in, say, She promised to look after my dog while I was working. Or a straightforward adjective, such as ...while I was ill. Apr 9, 2019 at 13:33
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    – Jeef
    Apr 9, 2019 at 13:37

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It's an adjective here.



 No longer present; departed.

‘you were gone a long time’

‘the bad old days are gone’

(Oxford Dictionary )

  • Thanks, is the sentence in discussion grammatically correct? Apr 9, 2019 at 14:28
  • It is grammatically correct.
    – user307254
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:43

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