Poll: Does every passive sentence have an active equivalent?

Does every passive sentence have an active equivalent?

Yes
No

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  • Votes: 348
  • Comments: 3
  • Added: December 2005

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Comments:

Martin Englert

Why don't those who voted "NO" give an (some) examples????

Nick

Here's my go at finding an example:
"I was really taken aback by this question." You could try turning this into an active "This question really took me aback", theoretically possible, but people don't generally use "to take aback" in the active - it sounds ugly.

charlesthmsn

The lovers were lost in each other's eyes. (no, this is not Kafka)

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