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onsen
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 6:42:58 AM
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Hello,

Quote:

A. Her mother divorced her father.

divorce


Q1. Are the following sentences consistent with the quoted sentence?
Q2. Does sentence C have two meanings depending on which part of speech to take, past participle or adjective?

B. Her father was divorced by her mother.
divorced: past participle

C. Her father was divorced.
(or Her father is divorced.)
divorced: past participle, adjective

D. Her mother was divorced.
(or Her mother is divorced.)
divorced: adjective

E. Her father got divorced.
divorced: adjective

F. Her mother got divorced.
divorced: adjective


Thank you.
IAIN_LMTA
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 9:26:59 AM
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B strongly matches A.

C and D are implied by A.

E and F are related to the theme of A.
Elvandil
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:55:34 AM

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I'd prefer "Her parents divorced" since it takes two.
sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:57:04 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

A. Her mother divorced her father.

divorce


Q1. Are the following sentences consistent with the quoted sentence?
Q2. Does sentence C have two meanings depending on which part of speech to take, past participle or adjective?

B. Her father was divorced by her mother.
divorced: past participle

C. Her father was divorced.
(or Her father is divorced.)
divorced: past participle, adjective

D. Her mother was divorced.
(or Her mother is divorced.)
divorced: adjective

E. Her father got divorced.
divorced: adjective

F. Her mother got divorced.
divorced: adjective

Thank you.

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SENTENCE 2A: The original sentence is: Her mother divorced her father.

Sentence 2B: Her father was divorced by her mother.

COMMENT: This sentence has a Passive Voice structure. The sentence conveys the same sense. It is usual to use Active Voice to convey this meaning. No native speaker would ever use Passive Voice (by her mother) mentioned in this sentence to convey this meaning. Here we can omit mentioning the object "by her mother" as it is obvious that a husband can only be divorced by his wife. Normally, we would hear "Her father and mother are/were divorced" or "Her parents are/were divorced". These sentences focus on the status.


SENTENCE 2C: Her father was/is divorced.

COMMENT: The sentence is grammatically correct. It conveys the same sense as the original sentence. The deletion of "by her mother" is correct. Here, "divorced" functions as an adjective and states the fact that her parents are separated and are no longer legally married to each other. If you want to describe his status now, you’d have to say ‘Her father is divorced’. The sentence "Her father was divorced" sounds like something we would read in a book or a biography and would often imply the person was no longer alive and we are recounting details from their life e.g. Jane married in October 1960 but was divorced soon after due to her husband’s marital infidelity".


SENTENCE 2D: Her mother was/is divorced.

COMMENT: The sentence is grammatically correct. Here, "divorced" functions as an adjective and states the fact that her parents are separated and are no longer legally married to each other. The sentence focuses on the current status. It is usual to use "is" in the given sentence.

SENTENCE 2E: Her father got divorced.
COMMENT: It is clarified that you use "get" with adjectives to mean 'become'. In informal English, it’s usual to say ‘Her father got divorced’ which would describe the ‘event’ that happened in the past. "Got divorced" is the most common way to refer to people who are divorced since it is close to neutral phrasing. If you want to describe his status now, you’d have to say ‘Her father is divorced’. The use of "get/got divorced" is quite common when there is no object.


SENTENCE 2F: Her mother got divorced.

COMMENT: The sentence is correct. The verb "get" is used with adjectives to mean 'become'. The sentence describes the ‘event’ that happened in the past. "Got divorced" is the most common way to refer to a person who is divorced since it close to neutral phrasing. If you want to describe her status now, you’d have to say ‘Her mother is divorced’. The use of "get/got divorced" is quite common when there is no object.
onsen
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:42:39 AM
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sureshot,

Thank you very much for clarifying the complex intricacies related to the use of the phrases ‘be divorced’ and ‘get divorced’.
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