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    Default Passive voice for think

    Hello teachers,

    Can the word think be used in passive voice?


    What does this sentence mean?

    I am thought to may be keep your company.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    You can, but not in your sentence.

    People think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world.
    She is thought to be one of the most beautiful women in the world.

    People thought I was the front-runner in the race for mayor. I lost anyway.
    I was thought to be the front-runner in the race for mayor. I lost anway.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can, but not in your sentence.

    People think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world.
    She is thought to be one of the most beautiful women in the world.

    People thought I was the front-runner in the race for mayor. I lost anyway.
    I was thought to be the front-runner in the race for mayor. I lost anway.
    Thank you for your reply barb.


    Actually this a dialogue from a film(sherlock holmes 25:11).


    The context is that the holmes is talking to the death convict.


    The preceding sentence is: Shortly my friend will pronounce you dead and I am thought to may be keep your company.



    I would have given the context earlier itself but I thought that It is common expression and the context is not necessary.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Thank you for your reply barb.


    Actually this a dialogue from a film(sherlock holmes 25:11).


    The context is that the holmes is talking to the death convict.


    The preceding sentence is: Shortly my friend will pronounce you dead and I am thought to may be keep your company.



    I would have given the context earlier itself but I thought that It is common expression and the context is not necessary.

    Thank you

    David, as Barb_D said, your sentence is incorrect. Are you sure it's not

    ...and I thought I might keep him company.

    ? This is what I see here.

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    David, as Barb_D said, your sentence is incorrect. Are you sure it's not

    [/FONT]...and I thought I might keep him company.

    ? This is what I see here.
    You are right birdeen's call.

    That is what given in the link and Latter I listened carefully to the audio it is same as you said.

    But where the problem lied is in my subtitle.

    It is given as I said in my subtitle.

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    What do you mean by your 'subtitle'?
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    What do you mean by your 'subtitle'?
    I downloaded subtitles from http://subscene.com/english/Sherlock...le-311509.aspx

    It is given as I said.

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Then there is a mistake in the subtitles.
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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Then there is a mistake in the subtitles.
    Yes sir, you are right.

    Is it right if we delete the word 'be' in the sentence?


    I am thought to may be keep your company.


    They think I may keep your company.


    I am thought to may keep your company.


    What does he actually mean in that context?


    Shortly my friend will pronounce you dead and I thought I might keep him company.


    Does he mean" they think I might also pronounce you dead"?

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    Default Re: Passive voice for think

    If the words spoken were ...and I thought I might keep him company, then that is what the subtitles should read.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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