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    Hello.

    Is it the same meaning in these sentences? And are they both correct?

    1. The weather changed the morning after we arrived.
    2. The morning was changed by the weather after we arrived.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. The weather changed the morning after we arrived.

    This is not a great sentence because it could have two meanings. "The weather changed the morning..." could mean:

    *The weather changed. When did the weather change? The morning after we arrived.

    OR

    *After we arrived, the morning changed. What changed the morning? The weather changed it.
    ^This second interpretation would be strange, but it is possible. If, for a whole paragraph, you were describing the morning - people going to work, bad traffic, etc., then a reader COULD interpret the sentence in this way.

    I would rewrite it as:
    The morning after we arrived, the weather changed. OR
    The weather changed on the morning after we arrived.

    To be honest, if a friend said to me, "The weather changed the morning after we arrived" I would 100% understand because of their tone and rhythm. But it gets confusing when you write it. I can explain this in detail if you wish.

    2. The morning was changed by the weather after we arrived.
    This is a very confusing sentence, and I wouldn't use it at all. Again, it is possible that a reader would have the same strange interpretation as above:

    *After we arrived, the morning changed. What changed the morning? The weather changed it.

    I hope you understand. Please let me know if you have questions.

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    Default Re: Sentences

    Firstly, I've got the first sentence from the Longman Pocket Activator I'm reading now...and I'm learning the passive voices as well.

    The weather changed the morning after we arrived.

    My interpretation before yours was that: we arrived in the morning which was changed by the weather. I decided so because in the sentence the weather changed is an active form so it could be said After we arrived, the weather changed the morning.

    But let me ask you a question:
    When you was explaining your first interpretation you wrote:
    *The weather changed. When did the weather change? The morning after we arrived. Does it mean that the weather changed something or it means that the weather was changed.

    Thanks for you help!

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