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    Default Passive construction

    I still confuse to answer this questions to be passive voice. Can you help me?

    1. There`s a rumour that the escaped prisoner is living in Beyoglu.
    2. Don`t let them take advantage of you.
    3. Don`t let him tease you

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    Default Re: Passive construction

    I've moved this post to its own thread because it was not related to the question you attached it to.

    1. Can't be made passive because there is no direct object that can become the subject of the passive sentence.

    2 & 3. Commands are very awkward when changed to the passive. It would be very unnatural to say "Let yourself not be teased by him."
    Last edited by Barb_D; 24-Feb-2012 at 20:57.
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    Default Re: Passive construction

    How about:

    1. It is rumoured that the escaped prisoner is living in Beyoglu.
    2. Don't let yourself be taken advantage of.
    3. Don't let yourself be teased.


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    Default Re: Passive construction

    I'm okay with 2 and 3. Perhaps my irritation in general with passive sentences caused me to create a more unnatural sentence than was necessary.

    But is "It is rumored" really the passive of "There's a rumor"? I'm fine with the construction "There's a rumor" as well as "It is rumored that" but I wouldn't call one a passive version of the other, since there is not transitive verb. Would you?
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    Default Re: Passive construction

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But is "It is rumored" really the passive of "There's a rumor"?
    No. If A15W has to produce a passive construction, that's the only one I can come up with.
    I'm fine with the construction "There's a rumor" as well as "It is rumored that" but I wouldn't call one a passive version of the other, since there is not transitive verb. Would you? No. I agree with you.
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