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    Default start to do something in passive voice

    Hi teachers,

    The thing I was trying to write was: they will start to review my case next month.
    But since I wanted to emphasize the object "my case" and the subject "they" was unknown, I thought it would be better to write it in passive voice. So how to do it?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: start to do something in passive voice

    You don't need to include 'them' at all.

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    Default Re: start to do something in passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by llyzs View Post
    Hi teachers,

    The thing I was trying to write was: they will start to review my case next month.
    But since I wanted to emphasize the object "my case" and the subject "they" was unknown, I thought it would be better to write it in passive voice. So how to do it?

    Thanks.
    My case will be reviewed (by them) next year. When one forms the passive voice, the direct object becomes the subject and the subject (if included) becomes the agent. The verb is changed to "(a form of) be + past participle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    My case will be reviewed (by them) next year. When one forms the passive voice, the direct object becomes the subject and the subject (if included) becomes the agent. The verb is changed to "(a form of) be + past participle".
    Thanks, so it means I have to drop the verb "start to" in order to form the passive voice. Will the meaning sound a little bit different from the original form since I was trying to suggest when the action will "start"?

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    Default Re: start to do something in passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by llyzs View Post
    Thanks, so it means I have to drop the verb "start to" in order to form the passive voice. Will the meaning sound a little bit different from the original form since I was trying to suggest when the action will "start"?
    The action will start next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llyzs View Post
    So how to do it?
    "So how do I do it?"

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    Default Re: start to do something in passive voice

    How about using the active without they- The review of my case will start next month?

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    Default Re: start to do something in passive voice

    Sounds great, thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about using the active without they- The review of my case will start next month?

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