mental or physical verb


in the following question is "was accepted" a mental or physical verb and why :


With his excellent school records, Hiromi was accepted to the medical school.


plz help..

mentalorphysicalverb asked Nov 05 '12 at 13:33 rima New member

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Hmm, I have no idea what you mean by 'mental' or 'physical' verb.  Perhaps you mean state verb (also called a stative or non-action verb) compared to an action verb? (Check this reference:   


If so, 'accept' is an action verb.


But most importantly, in your sentence, 'was accepted' is a passive verb.  Perhaps this reference will help you with passive verbs:


Your sentence as written in the passive voice is correct, although I might change 'school records' to 'grades'.  If it were rewritten in the active voice, it would be 'Because of his excellent school records (grades), the medical school accepted Hiromi'. but your sentence, written in the passive voice, sounds better and more natural.


I hope this helps!

link answered Nov 05 '12 at 15:23 Shawn Mooney Expert

I, too, was unfamiliar with mental and physical verbs, but apparently the terms are used. I found this explanation.
A mental verb is a verb that is done in the mind, in other words, it isn't done out loud.
she memorized...
he wants...

I'm a bit skeptical.

Lewis NeidhardtNov 05 '12 at 17:03

I'm with you, Lewis. I don't buy it. Transitive and intransitive, action/being/helping. . .fine. Sounds like somebody had an idea for a better way to teach grammar to third graders and found a publisher.

TolleyNov 05 '12 at 21:23

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