● Another robot called Stats Monkey can automatically use statistics to report sports news that reads like it was written by a journalist.
This is a sentence from an exam for Korean highschoolers.
I don't see any errors in this sentence but it is said that 'reads' is ungrammatical.
Then, what should be in the sentence instead of 'reads'?
Last edited by wotcha; 09-Sep-2012 at 19:13.
One feature of the passive is that it often lets the writer conceal the culprit: 'it is said' by whom? In that sentence, 'reads' is not ungrammatical. It is medio-passive. As it is perfectly grammatical, I'm not sure what to do about your last question. But 'news that seems to have been written...' [etc] is another possibility. I fear, though, that the present perfect infinitive (especially in the passive) is regarded by some as overly formal.