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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 1:40:23 AM
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Howard Taylor, Managing Director of Villa Care Group said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals on this important initiative.

http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-media/2017/01/11/partnership-agreement-to-open-ward-at-wharfedale-hospital-as-part-of-trusts-winter-plan

Is "we are pleased" a passive construction?

How do we know if "pleased" an adjective or a past participle" in a sentence?
pjharvey
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 6:03:24 AM
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It is not passive. "Pleased" is an adjective, meaning "glad".
I cannot think of an example of "pleased" used as a past participle. Can someone help?
papo_308
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 7:03:31 AM
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I think it can be considered a passive construction.

If someone pleases you then you are pleased.

thar
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 9:57:55 AM

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But here it is 'working in partnership' which had pleased them. It really make no sense as a passive.

Also, if something pleases you, you feel satisfied.

But if you are pleased, you feel happy.


In the same way, if something tires you, you feel irritated.
If you are tired, you feel exhausted.

The adjectives take on a slightly different meaning from the passive verb.


They are happy
Nobody has been pleasing them! Whistle


But Jignesh - don't get too caught up in whether it is an adjective or passive - as long as you understand what it means, you will use it correctly for yourself.
Nobody actually cares which it us when they speak, because it comes as a chunk "we are pleased to be doing something" -
people only care in grammar parsing exercises!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 12:21:36 PM
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