Today’s “Tid-Bit” is an adjectival phrase which is used to describe a person’s or thing’s physical condition.
When two people get into a physical fight with the intent of actually hurting each other, usually (unless they are somehow stopped) the loser ends up being “beat up”… So to describe someone or something as being, “beat up” – means that he, she, or it is in a “bad”/poor/or less-than-optimal condition, and is, thus, in desperate need of repair.
(and now, back to the lesson)
The examples above are actually using the phrase in its verb form, in order to speak about the actual act of doing the beating to another person – where-as the previous examples describe the end result of the action – and thus, are actually Adjectival Phrases…. (even though your previous English teachers may say that the are actually verb phrases – because they are “States Of Being”… Well, I’m saying that they are wrong… And I bet that they will not debate me on this… however, they are definitely invited to do so.) 😎
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