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    Unhappy Passive voice vs Simple Past

    I don't know which sentence is OK and why. I'll appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Who invented the telephone?

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    Who was the telephone invented by?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    I don't know which sentence is OK and why. I'll appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Who invented the telephone?

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    Who was the telephone invented by?The structure of the sentece is incorrect. If you like to express in passive form, it should be like this: By whom was the telephone invented?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    I don't know which sentence is OK and why. I'll appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Who invented the telephone?

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    Who was the telephone invented by?
    The two sentences are perfectly correct, as opposed to what sarat_106 writes in his post above.


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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    "(W)ho' should be "whom" as it is a prep complement. However, some grammarians dismiss the persistence of this rule. I would say with "Whom" the sentence would be fine.
    And some grammarians cling to the "never end the sentence with a prep" principle. Actually, many scholars dismiss it.

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    "(W)ho' should be "whom" as it is a prep complement. However, some grammarians dismiss the persistence of this rule. I would say with "Whom" the sentence would be fine.
    And some grammarians cling to the "never end the sentence with a prep" principle. Actually, many scholars dismiss it.
    True, but with the preposition put at the end of the question, it is fine to use the form who.

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Thanks again for your answers. Still, I don't know which one is correct

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Thanks again for your answers. Still, I don't know which one is correct
    Both are correct. The first one is in the active voice; the second one is in the passive voice. There's nothing for you to worry about.

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Are you sure? My teacher said that the first construction is not common in spoken English. Is it true?

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Are you sure? My teacher said that the first construction is not common in spoken English. Is it true?
    Check this out:
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    Teachers say different things sometimes.

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    Re: Passive voice vs Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Are you sure? My teacher said that the first construction is not common in spoken English. Is it true?
    The first is just as common as the second, probably more so.

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