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    Passive voice

    Hi,

    I've read in The Independent the following phrase which speaks about the kinapping on an Irish aid worker in Africa, and I would like to know if it is the passive voice used in this case.

    'We'd be told to kneel on our knees and they would shoot around us'.

    Thanks for your replies.

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    Exclamation Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    I've read in The Independent the following phrase which speaks about the kinapping on an Irish aid worker in Africa, and I would like to know if it is the passive voice used in this case.

    'We'd be told to kneel on our knees and they would shoot around us'.

    Thanks for your replies.
    Yes, it is a passive form. It will be clear if expressed in active form;as:
    They would tell us to kneel on our knees so that they would shoot around us.


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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    I've read in The Independent the following phrase which speaks about the kinapping on an Irish aid worker in Africa, and I would like to know if it is the passive voice used in this case.

    'We'd be told to kneel on our knees and they would shoot around us'.

    Thanks for your replies.
    Yes, the first half is in the passive voice (but the second half is not)

    'We'd be told to kneel on our knees
    > to have an action ("being told") done to the subject ("we") of the sentence makes this the passive voice

    > It has the characteristic "to be verbed by someone" format of the passive voice:

    - We would be told (by the kidnappers)

    - "Mary was slapped by Alice" is the passive construction of "Alice slapped Mary."

    - "A good time was had by all" is a famous phrase held up to students as a passive construction to avoid.
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    On the other hand, the second half of the sentence is the active voice:

    - and they would shoot around us'.
    The subject is "they," and "they" are the ones doing the action; they are not receiving the action.
    Last edited by Ann1977; 20-Oct-2009 at 14:54.

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