My troubles with the passive voice are not yet over. This time the question gnawing at my mind concerns the word order.
Which of the sentences below sounds best and most natural:
Your story was much spoken of.
Your story was spoken of much.
Your story was spoken much of.
The teacher speaks well of Peter.
Peter is well spoken of by the teacher.
Peter is spoken well of by the teacher.
Peter is spoken of well by the teacher.
Should the prep go right after the verb or not? Does the position of the prep change the meaning of the phrase or does it make the sentence sound odd?
The other question deals with verbs in phrases.
I'm almost sure that it's impossible to make up a sentence like this:
People made fun of him. - Fun was made of him.
Much better must be:
He was made fun of.
But does it depend on the phrase? What about the expressions like 'to pay attention to sth', 'to put an end to' etc? Can we passivise the sentence making the noun of such phrases the subject?
Hence, which is better?
Much attention was paid to the problems of environmental pollution.
The problems of environmental pollution were paid much attention to.
An end will be put to the problems of environmental pollution.
The problems of environmental pollution will be put an end to in our country.
Sorry for such a long post.
Thanks a lot in advance! I always appreciate your help!
PS Having got no answers (at all) to my previous post on the same subject, I decided to close that thread and open it again under a new, clearer title. Hope, it's ok now and I will get at least some feedback.