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    hi teachers, please i have a question. Can we say " The cake is baking now?
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    Default Re: Is the sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by eddy143 View Post
    hi teachers, please i have a question. Can we say " The cake is baking now?
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    Yes.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence right?

    Hello.

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker

    I would say 'The cake is baking' (you don't need 'now' here because the present continuous is used). I, however, ask myself if a passive sentence would be fine, i.e. 'The cake is being baked' ?

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    Default Re: Is the sentence right?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker

    I would say 'The cake is baking' (you don't need 'now' here because the present continuous is used). I, however, ask myself if a passive sentence would be fine, i.e. 'The cake is being baked' ?

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I found an article on the Web called "The Passive Voice" by

    Mr. Luis Cordova. He quotes the 1999 edition of a book by Ms.

    Celce-Murcia:

    I am baking a cake. = active voice.

    The cake is baking. = middle voice. (So-called ergative verb.)

    The cake is being baked. = passive voice.

    ****

    (2) I found an article on the Web called "Comparative Study of Notional

    Passive in English and Chinese" by Wang Yan-ting and Li Xiao-feng:

    The cake is baking. = a state.

    The cake is being baked by friends. = activity action.

    *****

    (3) And, of course, I studied the great Professor George O. Curme's

    1931 two-volume masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language.

    (a) The great scholar explains (if I understand him correctly) that:

    (a) "[T]he passive with intransitive form [such as "The cake is baking

    in the oven"] represents an activity as proceeding easily, naturally,

    often almost spontaneously."

    (b) "The passive with the passive form [such as "The cake is being

    baked by my sister"] represents a ... thing as being affected by an

    agent working under resistance vigorously and consciously to a

    definite end."


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 04-May-2011 at 00:43.

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