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hi teachers, please i have a question. Can we say " The cake is baking now?
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.
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
Last edited by TheParser; 04-May-2011 at 00:43.