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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 8 months ago

"categorized" or "categorize" in this sentence?

Dogs would be best categorized as mammals.

OR

Dogs would best categorize as mammals.

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The first is the one.

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  • 8 months ago

    past participle being used as an adjective. need the -ed form.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Would be best categorized.

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  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Some dogs are pretty smart, but I've never seen a dog that could categorize anything. Therefore, the second choice is incorrect.

    • RE
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Oh, I dunno. Most dogs can easily classify people as those they like or don't like, those they respect or don't respect, etc. Same with foods, smells, places to relax or relieve themselves, etc. But you are right that the first choice is correct.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    "would be" so you are using PASSIVE sentence. Eg: the book was moved to another shelf. so in your sentence dogs would be best CATEGORIZED. it is not past tense. In passive sentenced where the subject is a thing, we have to use "ed" for the verb. Another example, the car has been parked somewhere else.

    Source(s): Oxford advanced English class
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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Categorized. Verbs in passive voice are past participles.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Dogs cannot categorise themselves. In fact they don't know they are called dogs, let alone mammals. It may be that you mean: You would best categorize dogs as mammals, but you rely on the reader to sort that out in the second one - and it may then be that only a taxonimist would be expected to do this, not the reader in general.

    The only sentence that works is the first one - they are passively categorized (by humans).

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  • 8 months ago

    Categorized. Dogs are categorized. Past tense.

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