We say “I felt honored to have won such a prestigious award.”

In the first sentence, we use felt+past participle form. Why we use past participle form? is it any rule like be+past participle?


Not really. Honored here is functioning as an adjective, not a verb. It's exactly parallel to _I felt happy, angry, tired, suspicious, elated, dejected. Some of them are past participles, some are not, but in this construction they are all adjectives.

Many past participles can be used as adjectives, but not all: you just have to learn them.

  • Thank you, Colin. So there is no rule behind it? Is there any special name for those adjectives?
    – Encipher
    Jan 27 '20 at 20:39

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