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    Question Passive Voice

    Apparently, my post is lost. Let me write again.

    I am confused about passive voice.

    a. Would you correct my sentences in passive voice?
    b. Where do I put 'by agent' in the following sentences (numbers one?

    Thanks so much!

    1. He was trying to make me to see the real life.
    I was made to see the real life.

    2. He spoke at great length, people asked him many questions at
    the end, which he answered satisfactorily.

    He spoke at great length, was asked many questions at the end and
    answered them all satisfactorily. (I don't need to write by people)

    3. I bought a book for my son yesterday.
    A book was bought by me for my son yesterday.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by sio View Post
    1. He was trying to make me to see the real life.
    I was made to see the real life.
    The second sentence is certainly in the passive voice (though it is not a passive voice version of the original).

    I don't think you can really make a passive voice version of "He was trying to...." You have come as close as possible.


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    Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by sio View Post
    Apparently, my post is lost. Let me write again.

    I am confused about passive voice.

    a. Would you correct my sentences in passive voice?
    b. Where do I put 'by agent' in the following sentences (numbers one?

    Thanks so much!

    1. He was trying to make me to see the real life.
    I was made to see the real life.
    I was been trying to make to see the ral life.

    2. He spoke at great length, people asked him many questions at
    the end, which he answered satisfactorily.

    He spoke at great length, was asked many questions at the end and
    answered them all satisfactorily. (I don't need to write by people)
    He spoke, at great length, He was asked many questions at the end, which he answered satisfactorily.

    3. I bought a book for my son yesterday.
    A book was bought by me for my son yesterday.
    "By me" is not needed.
    In passive voice, the agent "pronoun" can be omitted.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by sio View Post

    3. I bought a book for my son yesterday.
    A book was bought by me for my son yesterday.
    Excellent!

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    Re: Passive Voice

    AV: He spoke at great length.
    PV: A long speech was given (by him).

    AV: People asked him many questions.
    PV: Many questions were asked (by people).

    AV: He answered all the questions satisfactorily.
    PV: All the questions were answered satisfactorily (by him).



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    Question Re: Passive Voice

    3. I bought a book for my son yesterday.
    A book was bought by me for my son yesterday.

    "By me" is not needed.
    In passive voice, the agent "pronoun" can be omitted.

    By me is used to make it more specific. If I omit 'by me', don't you think it will be ambiguous? It could be my dad, or somebody else who knows my son?

    Thanks.

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    Question Re: Passive Voice

    1. He was trying to make me to see the real life.
    I was made to see the real life.

    I was been trying to make to see the ral life. Is it a passive voice? What tense is it?

    I have been trying = Present Perfect Continuous, it is an active voice. I don't think we can use 'was' + 'been' as both are Verb 2 & Verb 3 for 'be' (be - was/were - been).

    How is it my teachers?


    2. He spoke at great length, people asked him many questions at
    the end, which he answered satisfactorily.

    He spoke at great length, was asked many questions at the end and
    answered them all satisfactorily. (I don't need to write by people)

    He spoke, at great length, He was asked many questions at the end, which he answered satisfactorily. Where is the coherence? It is a repetition.
    Last edited by sio; 01-Jan-2009 at 10:15.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    OH! I am very sorry. I made mistakes.
    be+ving
    be+being+v3

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by sio View Post
    3. I bought a book for my son yesterday.
    A book was bought by me for my son yesterday.

    "By me" is not needed.
    In passive voice, the agent "pronoun" can be omitted.

    By me is used to make it more specific. If I omit 'by me', don't you think it will be ambiguous? It could be my dad, or somebody else who knows my son?

    Thanks.
    The "by me" part makes it clear who bought the book.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The "by me" part makes it clear who bought the book.
    Yes I know. I apologise to you two for my mistakes.
    Some books express the agent "pronoun" can be omitted.
    What is your suggestion for that?

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