# If you added -ed to the noun scent, what part of speech is the resulting word?

Feb 3, 2016

The word scented can be used either as a $\textcolor{b l u e}{v e r b}$ or an $\textcolor{red}{a \mathrm{dj} e c t i v e}$.

#### Explanation:

Here's an example of how it can be used a verb:

"All was still and Sundayfied; the lilacs in full flower $\textcolor{b l u e}{s c e n t e d}$ the air."

In this case, the word scented is the action the lilacs are taking on the air, and thus functions as a verb.

Here's a slightly different example:

"James $\textcolor{b l u e}{s c e n t e d}$ something suspicious in this courtesy."

In this one, the word scented is the action taken by James, used in a similar way as "James smelled something ...".

Here's an example of how it can be used as an adjective:

"Did someone light a $\textcolor{red}{s c e n t e d}$ candle? This room suddenly smells like jasmine!"

the word scented describes the noun candle, acting as an adjective.

In this second example:

"The flower is sweet-$\textcolor{red}{s c e n t e d}$ at night and has curiously fringed petals."

sweet-scented describes the flower, acting as a compound adjective.