From Dickens's Hard Times, ch. 13:

‘Thou art an Angel. Bless thee, bless thee!’

‘I am, as I have told thee, Stephen, thy poor friend. Angels are not like me. Between them, and a working woman fu’ of faults, there is a deep gulf set. My little sister is among them, but she is changed.’

Is changed here a verb or an adjective?

Change here means death: an antique sense for the word, mentioned in The Century Dictionary. A quote from there:

All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

  • looks adjective to me in the context of the previous sentence. You are among people but then you adjective - changed.
    – Maulik V
    Jul 25 '14 at 7:06

Adjective. The tense change alone should give you a clue - if it was a verb it would be is changing.


It's an adjective, since it describes the person.

To understand this easily, frame your sentence as:

"She is a changed person"

and you can derive your answer.

  • 2
    Except it would be 'she is a changed person'
    – user8543
    Jul 25 '14 at 8:48

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