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    Post passive/active

    Is the sentence correct?

    This organization is wanted to be recognized so we could....


    Please make this in to passive.

    We want this organization to be recognized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Is the sentence correct?

    This organization is wanted to be recognized so we could....


    Please make this in to passive.

    We want this organization to be recognized.
    * This organization is to be recognized by us. (right?)

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    Default Re: passive/active

    Not sure what you are trying to say. Here are some correct possibilities:
    The organization wants to be recognized in order to...
    The organization wants us to recognize it so that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlsullivan View Post
    Not sure what you are trying to say. Here are some correct possibilities:
    The organization wants to be recognized in order to...
    The organization wants us to recognize it so that...
    THANKS A LOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Is the sentence correct?

    This organization is wanted to be recognized so we could....


    Please make this in to passive.

    We want this organization to be recognized.
    any suggestions please

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    Default Re: passive/active

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Is the sentence correct?

    This organization is wanted to be recognized so we could....
    Although this sentence appears to be grammatical, it is certainly not used in common English.

    Please make this in to passive.

    We want this organization to be recognized.
    This organization is wanted to be recognized (I think it is correct - but not used)


    any suggestions please
    I guess not every active voice sentence admits a passive voice version,
    and also the opposite.

    I would suggest the following options:
    The organization's acknowledgment is wanted.
    The organization's acknowledgment is desired
    The organization's recognition is wanted.
    The organization's recognition is desired.
    The acknowledgment of the organization is a will.

    However, I don't consider anyone above to be exactly the passive voice version you are looking for.
    I don't remember right now a usual English passive voice sentence with the verb want.

    P.S.1: Not a native speaker
    P.S.2: It would be interesting to read someone's opinion. I would appreciate if someone could correct the suggested options above.

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    I THINK " WANT " DOESN'T HAVE PASSIVE FORM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactus20113 View Post
    I THINK " WANT " DOESN'T HAVE PASSIVE FORM.
    I think you´re right. I´ve found this:
    Verbs of wanting and liking, e.g. want, love, like, hate + object + infinitive cannot be made passive.
    She wanted him to leave.

    The Passive Voice English Through Jokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactus20113 View Post
    I THINK " WANT " DOESN'T HAVE PASSIVE FORM.
    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    Verbs of wanting and liking, e.g. want, love, like, hate + object + infinitive cannot be made passive.
    And what do you say about all those famous 'wanted posters/cards' from the western you, your parents or your granpa used to watch every night on TV?
    Usually the gangster was wanted by the police, remember?

    And what about that ad you were thinking about replying to, where it was written: "English teachers wanted" ?

    Other examples:
    "The outlaw in the picture below is wanted (by the authorities) for bank robbery,"
    "He is wanted by the FBI."
    "That man is wanted by the police."

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    Default Re: passive/active

    The rule that I found says:

    want, love, like, hate + object + infinitive cannot be made passive.
    She wanted him to leave.

    I think that your examples are different.

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