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    Default passive voice

    http://www.englishdaily626.com/passive_voice.php

    Somehow I got the feel that there are many mistakes :P

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    http://www.englishdaily626.com/passive_voice.php

    Somehow I got the feel that there are many mistakes :P

    Thanks in advance
    I didn't check your answers. Instead, I'll rewrite the sentence based on my native intuition and then you can check them against yours. :D

    1. His mother promised him a bicycle if he passed the examination.
    Try, His mother promised she would buy him a bicycle if he passed the examination.
    => A bicycle was promised to him (by his mother) if he passed the examination.

    2. Nobody has ever turned down such an offer.
    => Such an offer has never been turned down by anyone.

    3. The bees attacked him when he accidentally disturbed their nest.
    => He was attacked by the bees when he accidentally disturbed their nest.

    4. Somebody has spilt ink all over the floor. Someone must wash the floor at once.
    => Ink has been split all over the floor. The floor must be washed at once.

    5. They have made my father the secretary of the Rotary Club.
    => My father has been made secretary of the Rotary Club.

    6. My uncle pointed out the landmarks of the town to me.
    => The landmarks of the town were pointed out to me by my uncle.

    7. Has someone paid the milkman yet ?
    => Has the milkman been paid by someone/anyone yet?

    8. Did you think that that had caused it ?
    => Did you think that it was caused by that?

    9. Somebody has broken the typewriter, and I can't use it anymore.
    => The typewriter has been broken, and it can't be used anymore.

    10. People shouldn't speak to me as though I were a child of seven.
    => I shouldn't be spoken to by people as if I were a child of seven.

    All the best,

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    How about making 10 as a phrase instead of sticking to a clause.

    I shouldn't be spoken to by people as a child of seven. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    How about making 10 as a phrase instead of sticking to a clause.

    I shouldn't be spoken to by people as a child of seven. ?
    Hmm. "if" is definitely required. :wink:

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