Human wants are limited.

Is this sentence in passive form?

Is the 'limited' word an adjective?

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    [How to phrase a question in English: What part of speech does limited denote?]
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 14:26

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If you start with

Human nature limits human wants.

you can passivize that as

Human wants are limited by human nature.

That would be a passive expression with the transitive verb limit.

With your example

Human wants are limited.

without naming an agent for limited, it is probably better analyzed as an adjective, with are as a copulative verb.
In fact dictionaries list limited as an adjective.

  • But if i ignore the rest part (by nature) then would 'limited' be an adjective. Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 14:30
  • Yes, it's an adjective. Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 14:33
  • Thnks for your suggestion Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 14:36
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    Evidence that it's an adjective is that you can modify it with "very", "quite", "more", etc, "Human wants are very limited", "Human wants are more limited", which you couldn't do with the passive.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 15:33

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