- 1. I want you to complete this work on time.
a) I want this work to be completed on time.
b) This work should / ought to / must be completed on time.
These are OK
- 2. Not so long ago people thought that one could catch AIDS just by shaking hands.
a) Not so long ago, it was thought that AIDS could be caught just by shaking hands.
b) Not so long ago, AIDS was thought to be caught just by shaking hands. (correct / incorrect?)
a) is correct. b) doesn't work.
- 3. People felt that he was a bad influence.
a) It was felt that he was a bad influence.
b) He was felt to be a bad influence. (meaning?)
c) He was felt to have been a bad influence. (meaning? Is it incompatible with the initial stce?)
All are correct. The difference between b) and c) is that in time- c) suggests that the person stopped being a bad influence.