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    Hi guys I need your help.
    Let me introduce examples.

    1) Being appointed to the board of directors is great responsibility.
    2) Being accepted to Harvard is great thing.

    All the pervious examples are passive gerund. Could anybody helps me to convert it to active. really it confused me? and if you can help me to understand it i will be happy

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    I would like to get my hair trimmed a little.

    Here why is (Trimmed) in past not in present (trim) and if the answer because it is in passive form. Then where the (be) after my hair

    I really appreciate your help

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    Default Re: gerund and infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    Part 2.

    I would like to get my hair trimmed a little.

    Here why is (Trimmed) in past not in present (trim) and if the answer because it is in passive form. Then where the (be) after my hair
    Here "get" is a causative verb and "trimmed" a past participle.

    For part 2 please click on the following link. Then you might need to check "past participle". Learning "past participle" and "present participle" helps you with the grammar. It has nothing to do with "passive form" as I know.

    Causative Verbs - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Default Re: gerund and infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    Hi guys I need your help.
    Let me introduce examples.

    1) Being appointed to the board of directors is great responsibility.
    2) Being accepted to Harvard is great thing.
    I think it is possible to change these passive forms into active, but I am afraid the meaning will differ.

    1) Appointing to the board of directors is great responsibility.
    2) Accepting to Harvard is (a) great thing. (this one has been changed drastically)


    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    Part 2.

    I would like to get my hair trimmed a little.

    Here why is (Trimmed) in past not in present (trim) and if the answer because it is in passive form. Then where the (be) after my hair
    This is something what you need to memorize. This kind of construction works the way it is presented here. Why is it so? I have no idea. However, here we could use be

    I want my hair to be trimmed.

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    Default Re: gerund and infinitive

    Try these:

    1) Being appointed to the board of directors is great responsibility.

    An appointment to the board of directors is [a] great responsibility.


    2) Being accepted to Harvard is great thing.


    Acceptance to Harvard is [a] great thing.

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