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    Passive question

    "He should have carried what i ordered him to do "

    what is the passive from this sentence .

    i think it is :

    "What i ordered him to do should have been carried by him"

    is not that correct ?

    thanks in advance


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    Re: Passive question

    I'm not a teacher, but here is my take on it.
    Your meaning is unclear here.

    If you ordered him to do it and it wasn't done,
    the passive is sort of understood here, I would think.

    What I ordered him to do should have been done. (by him)


    if some other action occurred with the order, you should expand on that in the sentence.
    For example,
    What I ordered him to do should have been done by him, instead of by X, being cancelled, etc.



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    Re: Passive question

    and what about the verb "carried"??

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    Re: Passive question

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    and what about the verb "carried"??

    You're thinking of "carry out"

    "He should have carried out what I ordered him to do "


    "What I ordered him to do, should have been carried out by him"



    If he "carries out" your orders, he obeys them and puts them into effect.


    buggles (not a teacher)

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