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a. He is bored.

b. He is a bored person.

Is it correct to use a noun with past participle when used an adjective? For example, The tired singer is not singing a new song. How to use past participle correctly?

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a. He is bored. b. He is a bored person.

(a) and (b) are different. He is bored describes the person at that point. The phrase bored person, however, describes the person, one with the feeling of boredom already ingrained in his life.

For the singer example, I would prefer

The singer is tired and is not singing another song.

Nevertheless, there is nothing grammatically wrong with using a past participle as an adjective.

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  • Nevertheless, there is nothing grammatically wrong with using a past participle as an adjective. The tired mother cradled her new-born baby, while the delighted father sat by the bed. But we wouldn't say he is a bored person, because he is bored gets the meaning across more simply. Feb 12 at 9:17
  • Thx, @Kate Bunting. I have added a line. Feb 12 at 9:54

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