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i don't understand this--->"You're dedicated."

I don´t understand the tense, since is... subject + "to be" + Past participle.

I can't find a tense with that formula.
can someone explain the meaning and the tense please?

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  • thank you very much =), it was very useful.
    Now I'll study the passive particle.

    if you could recommend me a source I would be thankful. :)

  • I'm sorry, @Ritsu, I didn't want to confuse you.

    PAST PARTICIPLE is a term for a particular verb form, but the name can be confusing. Let's look at an IRREGULAR verb: take.

    As you know, you have to learn three one-word forms for take
    1. take
    2. took
    3. taken

    Form Number 3 is used in different ways:

    • after havehave taken, has taken, had taken, having taken, to have taken, will have taken may have taken etc.
      These are PERFECT forms

    • after beam taken, is taken, are taken, was taken, were taken, being taken, to be taken, will be taken, may be taken etc.
      These are PASSIVE forms

    • without a verb before it — Nobody saw it taken. Taken with water, the drug acts quicckly.
      These are similar to CLAUSES inside SENTENCES:
      Nobody saw it when it was taken.
      When it is taken with water, the drug acts quickly,
      The clauses are also PASSIVE.

    PAST PARTICIPLE isn't really a good term for forms like taken.

    • It's often used with a PRESENT or FUTURE meaning — e.g. is taken, is being taking, will take, will be taking
    • When it isn't in present or future forms its in PERFECT forms. And taken can't be used as PAST SIMPLE.
    • Very often it's used with PASSIVE meaning.

    That's why I said

    That verb form could just as well be called a PASSIVE PARTICIPLE.

    Now dedicate is REGULAR verb. So you know that there are just two one-word forms to learn
    1. dedicate
    2. dedicated

    So when you find a verb form ending in -ed, you know it can be

    • on its own after a SUBJECT — PAST SIMPLE e.g. I dedicated it to ...
    • after have — PERFECT e.g. have dedicated, has dedicated, had dedicated, having dedicated, to have dedicated, will have dedicated may have dedicated etc.
    • after be — PASSIVE e.g. am dedicated, is dedicated_, are dedicated_, was dedicated_, were dedicated_, being dedicated_, to be dedicated_, will be dedicated_, may be dedicated_ etc.
    • on its own without a subject — like a PASSIVE CLAUSE e.g. Dedicated to Athene, the temple stood on the Acropolis.

    With some verbs there's another possibility:

    Actually, there are some -ed ADJECTIVES than are not related to verbs,
    For example one-eyed, thick skinned, big headed ...

    @Simone has found a page which discusses another use of PAST PARTICIPLES.
    For a learner it can be interesting and useful to understand them.
    But you don't need to learn them or use them yourself.

    Only a small number of verbs form a DIFFERENT PRESENT PERFECT with be + PAST PARTICIPLE.
    The most common of these are the IRREGULAR VERBS sit and stand.

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