She is gone.

'Go' is an intransitive verb, but it is used as the past participle form without 'have'. What are other verbs, if any, used like this?

  • Gone is more like an adjective that was formed from the participle.
    – James K
    Jun 10, 2020 at 7:47
  • "Gone" is a past-participial adjective meaning that she is in the state resulting from having gone or departed. Other past-participial adjectives include "distressed", "broken" and "retired".
    – BillJ
    Jun 10, 2020 at 11:57
  • thank you all. I'll note them as adjectives, then. but I knew this, too. I just wanted to know if there were some commonalities between the principal adjectives. thanks, anyway ^^. Jun 10, 2020 at 21:34

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She is gone.

Gone here means that she is no more or no longer present. Here “gone” is used as an adjective and not as a verb.

Verbs can become adjectives by turning into participles, like in the following examples:

  1. He is done with you.
  2. My heart is broken.

Here both “gone” and “done” are used as adjectives.

  • You need to be careful with the terminology. Present participles and past participles are verbs. "Done" in the OP's example is not a participle; it's a past-participial adjective (or just participial adjective).
    – BillJ
    Jun 10, 2020 at 12:57

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