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    passive...

    Hi,

    They say that he is rich.
    ->It is said that he is rich.
    ->He is said to be rich.

    What's the difference between the first & the second passive sentence.

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    ->It is said that he is rich.
    ->He is said to be rich.

    As you said, they are both sentences in a passive structure. Sometimes people use a passive to report what they say or think, particularly if they don't want to mention the agent or the souce. I would use a passive form when gossiping things. 8)


    Both are quite similar in meaning.

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