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Dear Ted,
Is the word "insulted" an adjective in the following sentence?
"I feel insulted."

Dear Glen:

Is the word "insulted" an adjective in the following sentence?
"I feel insulted."

*** It most certainly is.  It is a "predicate adjective," meaning that it
appears in the predicate part of the sentence -- after the verb -- but modifies the
subject of the sentence.

If you use any verb related to the five sense, chances are you will end up using a predicate adjective.

The apple tastes terrible.
The girl looks sick.
Her music sounds ghastly.
This cheese smells strange.
The team felt sad when they lost the big game.


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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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