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    Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If the words spoken were ...and I thought I might keep him company, then that is what the subtitles should read.
    Yes sir, it should read as you said.

    My question is whether we can put it in the way as I said.

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    Re: Passive voice for think

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    My question is whether we can put it in the way as I said.
    No. Only the speaker is thinking, nobody else. if 'I think' something, we cannot change this to 'they think' something; nor can we change it to 'I am thought ...'.

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    Re: Passive voice for think

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    No. Only the speaker is thinking, nobody else. if 'I think' something, we cannot change this to 'they think' something; nor can we change it to 'I am thought ...'.
    So,It can't be used here.

    But we can use it in some other appropriate context.

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    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" I think I might also pronounce you dead"?

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    Re: Passive voice for think

    Well, that's a thought. Not a very likely one, but it *is* possible.

    The problem is with the "him" and "you."

    I had thought to maybe keep you company -- this is similiar in sound to what you originally wrote. I thought that you might enjoy some companionship before my friend pronounces you dead.

    But it's possible that when he says that he will keep "him" company, he means his friend, and the speaker joins his friend in wishing him dead.
    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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    Re: Passive voice for think

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Well, that's a thought. Not a very likely one, but it *is* possible.

    The problem is with the "him" and "you."

    I had thought to maybe keep you company -- this is similiar in sound to what you originally wrote. I thought that you might enjoy some companionship before my friend pronounces you dead.

    But it's possible that when he says that he will keep "him" company, he means his friend, and the speaker joins his friend in wishing him dead.
    Thank you.

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