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    Passive Voice queries

    Hello to all

    Please can somebody confirm if the following example sentences are in the Passive Voice ? I am in a (friendly ) argument with someone about this.

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    I was delighted with the weather
    I was very stressed
    I was frightened
    Bikes are normally used to ...
    Have you ever been confused... ?

    Tim

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    Re: Passive Voice queries

    Nr. 4 is in the passive voice.
    "I was delighted with…" - I'd say this is just a simple adjective as in: "I was happy…"
    "I was stressed/frightened/confused" - it depends on what follows.
    "I was very stressed etc." = "I was very nervous etc." - adjective
    "I was frightened by my brother." meaning "My brother frightened me." - passive
    Generally people agree that if we (can) use "by", it is in the passive voice, if we don't/can't or there's another preposition, it's an adjective.

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    Re: Passive Voice queries

    Quote Originally Posted by meskete View Post
    Nr. 4 is in the passive voice.

    "I was delighted with…" - I'd say this is just a simple adjective as in: "I was happy…"
    "I was stressed/frightened/confused" - it depends on what follows.
    "I was very stressed etc." = "I was very nervous etc." - adjective
    "I was frightened by my brother." meaning "My brother frightened me." - passive
    Generally people agree that if we (can) use "by", it is in the passive voice, if we don't/can't or there's another preposition, it's an adjective.
    Thanks Meskete !! Expanding on the examples :-

    I was stressed but now I'm not.
    I was frightened and I didn't want to go.
    Have you ever been confused between right and wrong?


    I knew that adding "by" and the changing of the emphasis between subject and object would change the voice, but wasn't sure on regular "subject + 'to be' + past participle' sentences such as these above. Appreciate the help you have given me.

    Tim
    Last edited by HobNob007; 20-Mar-2012 at 16:09.

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