From an article in The Times of India:

Class XI student girl, a native of Vazhmangalam village in Nagapattinam, was determined to marry the 22-year-old Rajkumar who hails from the same area.

Why is "was determined" used in the above sentence? Which tense or voice is it?

Is it something describing girl rather than action to be performed by her?


'Was' is the simple past tense of 'to be' and 'determined' is an adjective meaning "showing the strong desire to follow a particular plan of action even if it is difficult".

Determined (Cambridge Dictionary)

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  • can we use was wanted as an Adjective. – user4084 Nov 21 '19 at 11:34
  • @user4084 - yes. Past participle of verb functioning as adjective. – Michael Harvey Nov 21 '19 at 12:28
  • @MichaelHarvey "Class XI student girl was wanted to marry the 22-year-old Rajkumar" would be incorrect. – AIQ Nov 21 '19 at 19:04
  • @user4084 No, you can't. Also, you can show that determined is an adjective in this sentence with a very-test: "The girl was very determined to marry him" is grammatical, but it wouldn't be with a verb. – snailplane Nov 21 '19 at 20:28
  • She could be wanted as a bride. – Michael Harvey Nov 21 '19 at 20:48

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