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    Talking passive voice

    change this sentence to passive ( Ihave adog)


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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    change this sentence to passive ( Ihave adog)
    You can't. Middle verbs, eg. 'have', are transitive in all respects except that they can't be passivized.


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    Re: passive voice

    However, this is idiomatic:
    A good day was had by all.

    To hell with grammar.

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    Re: passive voice

    What do you mean by middle verbs?


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    Re: passive voice

    I guess then, 'I have a dog.' put into passive would be:

    A dog is had by me.

    Whether this is ungrammatical or not doesn't matter; it sounds ridiculous!

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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    change this sentence to passive ( Ihave adog)
    Verbs not used in the passive

    1. Certain verbs describing states, such as have, be, belong, lack, resemble and seem, cannot be made passive. They cannot be used in the passive even when they describe an action.

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