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Consider these two ways of saying something:

  • Testing complete.
  • Testing is completed.

This is just an example. I want to understand any differences between the two constructions “ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴀᴅᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ” versus “ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴠᴇʀʙꜱ ᴠᴇʀʙᴇᴅ” in the present tense.

Anyone, please explain to me whether these phrases have any differences or not? Do they mean the same thing? Are they interchangeable? Where would you use one and where the other?

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    No difference, other than the first is extremely terse and would only be used in a status display. – Hot Licks Jun 10 at 12:48
  • @HotLicks Thanks a lot. You have confirmed my thoughts. – Junior L Jun 10 at 13:03
  • @HotLicks Please don't write answers in comments. If you know the answer please write an answer. – DJClayworth Jun 10 at 22:16
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For the example given, there is no difference in meaning. And a comment to the contrary notwithstanding, i have written "testing complete" in emails and project logs thousands of times. I would not however use that without the "is" in a formal report.

As for the general issue of

“ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴀᴅᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ” versus “ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴠᴇʀʙꜱ ᴠᴇʀʙᴇᴅ”

That is going to depend on the specific adjective (or noun) used. (Note that in "testing complete" "complete" is a noun, this is short for "The testing process is complete.")

Running fast

fits the pattern meaning '"It is running fast" "or it is running rapidly".

"Steer small" (a specifically nautical usage) means "steer so as to keep closely to the specified course" -- there is no -ed form with much the same meaning that I know of.

  • "Complete" is a noun? Complete is still an adjective. To be honest, I'm not too sure what you're trying to say after that point. – the-baby-is-you Jun 12 at 4:17
  • Thanks for your reply. But I have a question like @the-baby-is-you . I have always been thinking that complete is adjection or verb (IMHO in that case it is a verb). Not a noun. Lexico (ex. Oxford Dictionary) confirmed my minds. Please tell me where do your information from? Or maybe is it typo? – Junior L Jun 13 at 3:16
  • @Jun It was not a typo. But it may have been an error. I need to rethink this one. – David Siegel Jun 13 at 16:36

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