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    Question Why do we use passive tense on cells when talking about "scatter" ?



    I saw a newspaper having a sentence below:
    My cells were scattered all over the place. I had no choice. Mastectomy was presented as my only option.
    Why do native speakers use passive tense? In my opinion, I think cells are alive. They can move by themselves.

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    Default Re: Why do we use passive tense on cells when talking about "scatter" ?

    Your cells can move by them selves but can't decide to jump off you & go to the pub.
    However, if you had a fight in a pub & were then arrested, you might say:
    'My cells were scattered all over the place. I had no choice' but to admit I was there.

    Ah! thank you for adding 'Mastectomy was presented as my only option.'
    It seems that the cells were cancerous.
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