Active and Passive sentences
Hi can you tell me whether the following sentences are correct?
The dog bites the man
The man is being bitten by the dog
Are the above sentences correct?
Or does the active sentence and passive sentence both have to use the past tense, i.e the dog bit the man, and the man was bitten by the dog.
Thank you for your help.
Re: Active and Passive sentences
The first sentence is grammatically correct. It is the simple present tense. However, we usually use the simple present tense to state a general truth. This particular action is more likely to be something that is in progress or continuous. [The dog is biting the man.]
Originally Posted by Anonymous
The second sentence is grammatically correct, but I'd say using the passive voice in that particular context doesn't work very well. To me, it's rather awkward sounding.
I would rewrite it as follows: The dog is biting the man.
I hope that helps. :)