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    Unhappy English is not easy to learn

    I have a English question, I wonder if anyone can explain it.

    The book says "English is easy to learn" is a correct sentence.

    But I doubt why it is correct. And in my opinion, it should be "English is easy to be learnt", but the grammar book says it is a wrong sentence.


    Here are my concepts:

    1. English is an object.
    2. English is not able to LEARN, English is able to be LEARNT, <---isn't it?
    3. I am happy to learn English <---Active Voice
    4. English is learnt by all the students in my country<---Passive Voice


    Therefore, i think the sentence should be "English is easy to be learnt". Passive voice should be used in this sentence.

    I would appreciate it if someone could point out my wrong concepts. Thank you.

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    I'm not a teacher.

    I think the whole sentence may be:

    English is easy for us/me/somebody to learn.

    And for (some body) is pruned to make a succinct sentence as a title.

    That is my own opinion for your reference.

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    Thank you for your reply.

    If "English is easy to learn" is correct, because some words are pruned to make a succinct sentence.

    Then, is my sentence also correct?

    English is easy to be learnt.

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    I think it's not wrong, but not sound natural.

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post
    Then, is my sentence also correct?

    English is easy to be learnt.
    In the sense that native speakers say only "English is easy to learn", your sentence is not correct.

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    The verb "Learn" is usually used in active voices not passive ones.
    If you want to use a passive voice, you can say that sentence in this way:
    "English is easy to be taught"

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    Quote Originally Posted by leonardoatt View Post
    The verb "Learn" is usually used in active voices not passive ones.
    If you want to use a passive voice, you can say that sentence in this way:
    "English is easy to be taught"
    NOT A TEACHER

    I, for one, have always thought "to learn" and "to teach" to be two completely different verbs.

    Incidentally, COCA has not given my any examples of "easy to be taught", whereas it has given me some of "easy to teach".

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    Quote Originally Posted by leonardoatt View Post
    The verb "Learn" is usually used in active voices not passive ones.
    If you want to use a passive voice, you can say that sentence in this way:
    "English is easy to be taught"
    No, that is not natural English.

    English is easy to teach - It is easy to teach English - English is easy (for people) to teach.

    ps. Also: Young children are easy to teach - It is easy to teach young children.

    Mylanguage is correct; the information conveyed may not be.
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Aug-2011 at 18:37. Reason: typo

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    I am wasting my time.You don't want to face the truth....

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    Re: English is not easy to learn

    Quote Originally Posted by leonardoatt View Post
    I am wasting my time.You don't want to face the truth....
    What truth might that be?

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