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    Default be+ past participle

    A few times I came across some sentences with a "be+ past participle" structure but sorry I cannot remember them clearly. But definitely they are not common passive voice sentences as follows:

    1) She was scolded by her mum.
    2) They were invited to the birthday party.
    3) He will be promoted

    What I read is a sentence whose "be" is really maintained without being changed to "was", "were", "is", "am", etc., or is not preceded by "will", "let", etc.

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    Default Re: be+ past participle

    It's hard to answer your question without examples.

    One thing that comes to mind is the subjunctive: She insisted he be fed and given a warm bed, instead of thrown out into the cold. He demanded he be released.
    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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    Default Re: be+ past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's hard to answer your question without examples.

    One thing that comes to mind is the subjunctive: She insisted he be fed and given a warm bed, instead of thrown out into the cold. He demanded he be released.
    Yes, exactly this type! I seldom see this kind of sentence and wonder what does it mean and what is the difference of it from normal passive voice sentences.

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    Default Re: be+ past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    Yes, exactly this type! I seldom see this kind of sentence and wonder what does it mean and what is the difference of it from normal passive voice sentences.
    Hello, kachibi.
    I think you'll need to learn about the subjunctive.
    Please go to: Subjunctive

    I hope the link will shed some light on your query.

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