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    passive voice

    I have a question.
    Which of the following sentences is right?

    1.Maps must be made constant use of in studying geography.

    2. Constant use of maps must be made in studying geography.

    3. Constant use must be made of maps in studying geography.

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    IMO,the second is right.

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    Passive voice

    Sentences one and three are correct. (In sentence two, "of maps" is in the wrong place.)

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Sentences one and three are correct. (In sentence two, "of maps" is in the wrong place.)

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    Constant use of maps must be made in studying geography.

    I disagree. I see nothing wrong with example 2. "Constant use of maps" can be considered a noun phrase.

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Sentences one and three are correct. (In sentence two, "of maps" is in the wrong place.)

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    Constant use of maps must be made in studying geography.

    I disagree. I see nothing wrong with example 2. "Constant use of maps" can be considered a noun phrase.
    That is exactly my point. I don't see how a constant use of maps can be made.

    Of course, I could be wrong. I have been wrong before.

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    ALL those sentences are very clumsy!

    Why not simply, "maps must be used constantly when studying geography"??

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    That is exactly my point. I don't see how a constant use of maps can be made.
    I had to think long and hard about this one. The key for me is the word "use", it's not a verb. I like to use my good pen to write., but a noun: Noun use is often troublesome. Perhaps, we can restate this example as: The use of nouns is often troublesome.

    The other key point is the phrasal verb, "to make use of". The doctor makes use of her time to the best of her ability. It should be obvious now that the word make doesn't imply construction.

    As an aside, it seems to me that "make use of" equals "use", i.e. The doctor uses her time ...

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    Re: Passive voice

    • Re: Constant use of maps must be made in studying geography.



    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    That is exactly my point. I don't see how a constant use of maps can be made.
    I had to think long and hard about this one. The key for me is the word "use", it's not a verb. I like to use my good pen to write., but a noun: Noun use is often troublesome. Perhaps, we can restate this example as: The use of nouns is often troublesome.

    The other key point is the phrasal verb, "to make use of". The doctor makes use of her time to the best of her ability. It should be obvious now that the word make doesn't imply construction.

    As an aside, it seems to me that "make use of" equals "use", i.e. The doctor uses her time ...
    I am well-acquainted with the phrasal verb make use of, but it doesn't appear to me in that sentence. I suppose that is because the relevant words are too far apart. Typical are sentences like He made good use of his time or He was able to make good use of his time. I wouldn't expect to see the relevant words as far apart as they are in the sentence in question.

    I'll guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sara williams
    ALL those sentences are very clumsy!

    Why not simply, "maps must be used constantly when studying geography"??
    Good suggestion!

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