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    Default passive

    Hello,

    I wanted the children to clean the table. (ACTIVE)
    I wanted the table to be cleaned (by me). (PASSIVE)

    Can we change this structure as the following? Does the sentece I have written below come to the same meaning as above?

    -The children were wanted to clean the table (by me).

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    I wanted the children to clean the table. (ACTIVE)
    I wanted the table to be cleaned (by me). (PASSIVE)

    Can we change this structure as the following? Does the sentece I have written below come to the same meaning as above?

    -The children were wanted to clean the table (by me).

    Thanks.
    No and no.

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    Default Re: passive

    Thanks for the answer, but when I search for 'been asked to', I see lots of sentences in like http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...have-been.html or http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-birdsong.html . Please help me about this structure.

    I am writing some of them below.

    4) I was told to contact you. (This means, "Someone told me to contact you.")
    5) I have been told to contact you. (This sentence sounds very natural. Its meaning is similar to #4.)

    If they are OK, why is the sentence I have asked wrong?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: passive

    Who wanted/Who cleaned?

    The example you give is of a difference of tense (past/present perfect) and not subject.

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