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    We ……………….. by a loud noise during the night.
    A. woke up B. are woken up C. were woken up D. were waking up

    Can't we use the preposition 'by' in active sentences?
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    Default Re: by after active sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    We ……………….. by a loud noise during the night.
    A. woke up B. are woken up C. were woken up D. were waking up

    Can't we use the preposition 'by' after active sentences?
    I don't really understand your point. The example doesn't use the word "by" after a sentence, it uses it as part of a sentence. Why do you think you can't use "by"?

    For info, there are potentially two correct answers to the test question.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: by after active sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't really understand your point. The example doesn't use the word "by" after a sentence, it uses it as part of a sentence. Why do you think you can't use "by"?

    For info, there are potentially two correct answers to the test question.
    Yes, I corrected my question: Can't we use the preposition 'by' in active sentences?
    The option says 'woke up' does not make a sense to me.

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    Default Re: by after active sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    The option says 'woke up' does not make a sense to me.
    That's perhaps because it's wrong. In multiple choice questions all but one of the options are usually wrong.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: by after active sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Yes, I corrected my question: Can't we use the preposition 'by' in active sentences?
    The option says 'woke up' does not make a sense to me.
    As emsr2d2 said there are two possible correct answers, but "woke up" is incorrect.

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    Default Re: by after active sentences

    The correct formation of the sentence is passive, not active.
    Loud noises wake us up. Loud noises woke us up. - active
    We are awoken by loud noises. We were awoken by loud noises. - passive
    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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