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    1-They committed violent crimes.

    Which of the following is correct:
    2-Violent crimes were committed by them.
    3-Some violent crimes were committed by them.

    I think 2 is wrong because it implies that they committed all violent crimes.

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    Default Re: passive

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    1-They committed violent crimes.

    Which of the following is correct:
    2-Violent crimes were committed by them.
    3-Some violent crimes were committed by them.

    I think 2 is wrong because it implies that they committed all violent crimes.
    Actually, #2 is simply the first one in the passive voice. It doesn't suggest that they committed all violent crimes.

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    Default Re: passive

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    1-They committed violent crimes.

    Which of the following is correct:
    2-Violent crimes were committed by them.
    3-Some violent crimes were committed by them.

    I think 2 is wrong because it implies that they committed all violent crimes.
    I agree with Ron. Even unmodified, this use only suggests that "they" committed more than one violent crime.

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