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    #1

    I was elected as / they elected me as

    Hi,

    Question:
    Do my 2 sentences mean the same thing, apart from active and passive voice?

    Sentence1:
    I was elected as the Man of the Year
    Sentence2:
    They elected me as the Man of the Year


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    Re: I was elected as / they elected me as

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Do my 2 sentences mean the same thing, apart from active and passive voice?

    Sentence1:
    I was elected as the Man of the Year
    Sentence2:
    They elected me as the Man of the Year


    Thanks
    Yes, apart from active/passive voice, they mean almost the same thing.

    In the first one, as usually is the case in the passive voice construction, the agent is not set. So it is not clear who elected you.
    In the second one, depending on the context, it may be clear who exactly elected you.
    The second one sounds slightly more modest than the first; that is because in the first one you focus on yourself. Of course this concerns the written versions, since the intonation of the spoken versions may change things.

    PS Not a native speaker

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    Re: I was elected as / they elected me as

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Do my 2 sentences mean the same thing, apart from active and passive voice?

    Sentence1:
    I was elected as the Man of the Year
    Sentence2:
    They elected me as the Man of the Year


    Thanks
    Normally I would expect the sentences to be (they both mean basically the same):
    I was voted Man of the Year.
    They voted me Man of the Year.

    You could say elected, but we usually elect someone to a position of responsibility.

    Note that I left out "as the." It is not technically incorrect to add these words but they are not necessary.

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    Re: I was elected as / they elected me as

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Do my 2 sentences mean the same thing, apart from active and passive voice?

    Sentence1:
    I was elected as the Man of the Year
    Sentence2:
    They elected me as the Man of the Year


    Thanks
    They would if you deleted the incorrect 'as' from both! The verb 'elect' governs a direct object followed directly by a nominal complement.

    Further, inclusion of the article here, while not overtly ungrammatical, is highly unidiomatic. Your sentences should read:

    I was elected Man of the Year.
    They elected me Man of the Year.

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