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    Default exam question (active-passive voice)

    Hi ,

    I am an english private tutor and one of my high school student has exam question :
    "Let me know if there is anything I should do"
    That statement should be changed to passive voice.

    Can anyone help ? Please your advise

    Thank You

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    Default Re: exam question (active-passive voice)

    Quote Originally Posted by fionzh View Post
    Hi ,

    I am an english private tutor and one of my high school student has exam question :
    "Let me know if there is anything I should do"
    That statement should be changed to passive voice.

    Can anyone help ? Please your advise

    Thank You
    There's no sensible way to make that sentence passive. So I suggest that it shouldn't be changed to the passive voice.
    There are three clauses: i) Let me know ii) if there is anything iii) [that] I should do.

    If proper English isn't a factor, you could change the first and/or third clauses: "Let it be known by me if there is anything that should be done by me."

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    Default Re: exam question (active-passive voice)

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    I think proper english is not a factor as that question is not made by native english speaker.

    Sometimes I think that question is not really correct, as something is used for positive sentences, and anything is used for negative/interrogative sentences

    instead of
    "Let me know if there is anything I should do"

    it should be
    "Let me know if there is something I should do"

    Please correct me if I am wrong...
    Thank You

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    Default Re: exam question (active-passive voice)

    Quote Originally Posted by fionzh View Post
    Thank you for your prompt response.

    I think proper english is not a factor as that question is not made by native english speaker.
    That would have been my guess too. There seems to be a fetish among non-native speakers for making passive sentences out of non-passivable sentences.

    Sometimes I think that question is not really correct, as something is used for positive sentences, and anything is used for negative/interrogative sentences
    Anything is also appropriate in this context.
    instead of
    "Let me know if there is anything I should do"

    it should be
    "Let me know if there is something I should do"
    That sentence is also correct. They are both possible, and they mean the same in this context.
    Please correct me if I am wrong...
    Thank You
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