Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 2
    #1

    Question Passive Sheep

    Which one is correct?Why?
    1. Often sheep was looked after by the children.
    2. Often sheep were looked after by the children.



    Change this sentence into passive and why?

    Jack always plays football with his brother.



    thank you

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #2

    Re: Passive Sheep

    Quote Originally Posted by R.A.S.O.F View Post
    Which one is correct?Why?
    1. Often sheep was looked after by the children.
    2. Often sheep were looked after by the children.



    Change this sentence into passive and why?

    Jack always plays football with his brother.



    thank you
    1. Often sheep was looked after by the children.
    2. Often sheep were looked after by the children.
    If you are talking about more that one sheep then 2 is correct, if you are talking about one sheep, 1 would be correct with the addition of "a" before "sheep". If, on the other hand, you are talking about an animal or a person named "sheep" 1 would be correct with a comma after "often".

    Why do you want to change that sentence to passive? It doesn't serve any purpose, some sentences just would not naturally be in passive voice.


    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 2
    #3

    Re: Passive Sheep

    "Why do you want to change that sentence to passive? It doesn't serve any purpose, some sentences just would not naturally be in passive voice."

    because I find the passive form difficult
    so, can you change it into passive, please?

    "and"

    If I considered the sheep as group
    ,do we use was or were?


    thanks a lot

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #4

    Re: Passive Sheep

    Quote Originally Posted by R.A.S.O.F View Post
    "Why do you want to change that sentence to passive? It doesn't serve any purpose, some sentences just would not naturally be in passive voice."

    because I find the passive form difficult
    so, can you change it into passive, please?

    "and"

    If I considered the sheep as group
    ,do we use was or were?


    thanks a lot
    If there are several sheep, use "were".

    The point I am making about passive voice, is that not all sentences can be put into passive voice and still be natural. If I were to put your sentence into passive voice, it would be something like "Football is always played by Jack with his brother" but no native speaker would ever say or write that.

Similar Threads

  1. Could you correct the sentences of passive voice
    By WUKEN in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2009, 15:56
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Feb-2009, 10:29
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2008, 14:28
  4. organization
    By Aldana in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Dec-2005, 11:20
  5. passives
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Feb-2003, 15:54

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •