florence
what is the structure of this sentence?thanks I am already spoken for. it looks simple, but I am confused why it means married or taken, please help me to analyse the sentence and add back the omitted parts, thanks
Feb 29, 2012 4:20 AM
Answers · 4
The spoken is in the passive voice. What this allows, in english, is for the sentence to omit the person who is actually doing the verb. So your first change would be this: (I'm going to use wife) "I am already spoken for by my wife." or "My wife already speaks for me." This says that the man's wife speaks for him — she will intervene (or speak for him) if someone else tried to ask him to marry her. So: "My wife will tell you I am already married."
February 29, 2012
It is better to think of "spoken for" as an adjective. It means "taken" or "not available". This could apply to a person or a seat on the train. I could speak for a seat at this evening's performance at the ballet, but I cannot speak on behalf of the seat.
February 29, 2012
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florence
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