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    fuadha is offline Junior Member
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    1-Are the passive tenses in these sentences correct?

    -This programme became very popular after the main presenter was voted the most interesting tv personality of the year.
    -Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we are going to be watched.

    2-Is it right if I change the following sentence into the passive like this.

    A-Nobody has told me what to do.
    B-I havenot been told what to do.

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    1-Are the passive tenses in these sentences correct?

    -This programme became very popular after the main presenter was voted the most interesting tv personality of the year.
    -Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we are going to be watched.
    Both are grammatically correct; the first sounds quite natural. The second is OK, but I'm wondering about the nature of the context. I mean, if a couple of people are not watching you, what would cause you to simply assume that at some point they would start watching you? It just seems odd to me, as if the speaker were a bit paranoid! In reality, I think the speaker wouldn't say a sentence like this unless the men actually seemed to be watching them, and then would say something like this: "Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we are being watched."

    2-Is it right if I change the following sentence into the passive like this.

    A-Nobody has told me what to do.
    B-I havenot been told what to do.
    Both are perfectly fine (except havenot = have not).

    Greg

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