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  1. 羡鱼-Xianyu's Avatar

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    Smile Help me, please.

    Why is 'they could be saved so much misery and expense...' not 'they could save so much misery and expense...' in this sentence? If I wrote it, I would choose 'they could save so much misery and expense...'. Is passive voice necessary in here? Or are there any differences between them?
    Here is the original passage: My friend fails to mention the long and friendless winter evenings in front of the TV--virtually the only form of entertainment. He says nothing about the poor selection of goods in the shops, or about those unfortunate people who have to travel from the country to the city every day to get to work. Why people are prepared to tolerate a four hour journey each day for the dubious privilege of living in the country is beyond my ken. They could be saved so much misery and expense if they chose to live in the city where they rightly belong. Thanks a lot, in advance.

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    Re: Help me, please.

    I'm no expert, but I think 'saved' is acting as an adjective in your sentence? to describe misery and expense.

    This is just my opinion. Hopefully one of the senior members can help clarify it for us.

  3. 羡鱼-Xianyu's Avatar

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    Re: Help me, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    I'm no expert, but I think 'saved' is acting as an adjective in your sentence? to describe misery and expense.

    This is just my opinion. Hopefully one of the senior members can help clarify it for us.
    Thank you for your help.
    I ever thought of 'saved' as an adjective, but there is still something wrong with this sentence, which I can't tell clearly. And I'm looking forward other members to help me. Thanks.

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