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My umbrella is turning inside out over the wind.
My umbrella is turned inside out by the wind.
Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same? Thanks.
"My umbrella is turned inside out by the wind?" is in the passive voice.
In sentences written in passive voice, the subject (umbrella) receives the action expressed in the verb (is turned); the subject is acted upon (by the wind). The agent performing the action may appear in a "by the . . ." phrase or may be omitted.
I prefer to write my sentences in active voice. Sentences in active voice are generally--though not always-- clearer and more direct than those in passive voice. 'The strong wind is turning my umbrella inside out.'
In sentences written in active voice, the subject (wind) performs the action expressed in the verb (is turning); the subject (wind) acts.
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Check the following site for information regarding active and passive voices: Active and Passive Verbs
There are many examples that may help you with your question.
Angliholic, I'm pretty sure Amigos4 made a typo in that first sentence. The correct version is "my umbrella is turned inside out by the wind."
Instead of paying for polo lessons I should have enrolled in typing classes!
Angli, I hope the resource page I provided will make the answer clearer for you.
Daahling, when one moves in the polo-playing set, one pays other people to do one's typing for one. Or hold one's umbrella.