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    passive voice+a grammar teacher

    Judith's colleagues started to respect her.
    Some said there was a disagreement between the president and vice president.
    I can't make them passive. What is the passive form of the above sentences.
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    Re: passive voice+a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post

    Judith's colleagues started to respect her.

    Judith had started to be respected by her colleagues. (Passive)

    Some said there was a disagreement between the president and vice president.

    It was said by some people that there was a disagreement between the president and the vice president. (To be honest, I'm not completely sure about this one!)

    I can't make them passive. What is the passive form of the above sentences.
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    My suggestions are above. Please note that I'm not totally sure about the second one. I'm sure someone else will join in and confirm (or not!)

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    Re: passive voice+a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My suggestions are above. Please note that I'm not totally sure about the second one. I'm sure someone else will join in and confirm (or not!)
    The second looks alright, but why the "had" in the first? You've changed a simple past tense sentence into a past perfect sentence.

    In a passive sentence, I think "Judith began to be respected" sounds better, but that's not a literal active-passive transformation either.

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    Re: passive voice+a grammar teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The second looks alright, but why the "had" in the first? You've changed a simple past tense sentence into a past perfect sentence.

    In a passive sentence, I think "Judith began to be respected" sounds better, but that's not a literal active-passive transformation either.
    That is a fine point! Thanks. I have no idea why I did that. Indeed "Judith began to be..." or "Judith started to be..." would be the direct active-passive.

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