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    Jnu is offline Newbie
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    The following was one of the questions provided in my English question paper:

    Change voice:

    .) It is believed that drinking is bad.

    I figured it was in passive voice, and answered :

    Drinking is believed to be bad.

    Is this correct ?
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    No, that's still passive: "is believed". The agent of the passive becomes the subject of the active, but it's missing here, so you have to supply it yourself:

    Many people believe that drinking is bad.

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    Default Re: Changing Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    No, that's still passive: "is believed". The agent of the passive becomes the subject of the active, but it's missing here, so you have to supply it yourself:

    Many people believe that drinking is bad.
    Oh !
    I didn't know we could add extra material ! :(
    I knew something was odd on this one.

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