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    curiousone2009 is offline Newbie
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    passive voice issue

    consider the following statment:

    please confirm after you've received the message.


    how do you justify not turning "confirm" into passive voice when the rule is that if not subject is taking the action, the verb automatically becomes passive voice?

    should "confirm" be "conformed"?

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    Re: passive voice issue

    It's very unusual to turn an imperative sentence into a passive one; it's not impossible though. So just change the structure:

    -After receiving the message, confirmation will be needed.
    -The reception of the message should be confirmed.
    -It is necessary that the receiving of the massage be confirmed.

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    Re: passive voice issue

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousone2009 View Post
    Consider the following statment:

    please confirm after you've received the message.


    How do you justify not turning "confirm" into passive voice when the rule is that if not subject is taking the action, the verb automatically becomes passive voice? The subject is 'you', and the subject is doing the action of receiving the message.

    Should "confirm" be "confirmed"? No, you can't use the past tense there.
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    Re: passive voice issue

    I think you misunderstand the rule.
    "Confirm" is an action. You are asking someone to perform the action of confirming, which may mean the person will call you, or send you an email, or click his heels together three times, but in any case, you are asking him to perform, not receive, an action.

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