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Determined to Be a Villain
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1818  Friday, 19 September 2003

From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 15:05:35 -0400
Subject: 14.1813 Determined to Be a Villain
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1813 Determined to Be a Villain

Sean Lawrence says: It would be interesting to know, incidentally, why
"to be determined" and "to be resolved" are used as passive verbs when
"to determine" and "to resolve" are available.

I think it's a matter of semantics, Shawn. "I resolve" has a sense of
immediacy, right-this-nanosecond present tense: "I am deciding as of
this very instant never to speak to you again."

"I am resolved" suggests that I have spent some time considering this
issue, and have now come to the determination that . . .

I hope that's helpful?

Carol Barton

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