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    Simple Past (Sentences)

    Hi everyone, I have new sentences, so check them please.
    Active Voice: Peter refused to give his brother one dollar because he is stingy.
    Passive Voice: Peterís brother was refused to give one dollar by Peter because he is stingy.
    Gerund Form: Peterís refusing to give his brother one dollar made him a stingy.


    Active Voice: Tom betrayed his girlfriend because he married another girl.
    Passive Voice: Tomís girlfriend was betrayed by him because he married another girl.
    Gerund Form: Tomís betraying of his girlfriend was after he married another girl.


    Active Voice: A lion devoured a gazelle after it became hungry.
    Passive Voice: A gazelle was devoured by a lion after it became hungry.
    Gerund Form: A lionís devouring of a gazelle was after it felt a hunger.


    Active Voice: Somaliaís government tried to control Mogadishu but other forces fought it.
    Passive Voice: Mogadishu was tried to control by Somaliaís government but other forces fought it.
    Gerund Form: Somalia governmentís trying to control Mogadishu was a fail because itís too weak.


    Active Voice: A bear attacked John and his friends but he defended himself while his friends fled.
    Passive Voice: John and his friends were attacked by a bear but he defended himself while his friends fled.
    Gerund Form: A bearís attacking of John and his friends was in Moscow.


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    I don't believe this. More than 20 hours and no one had proofread it, although, it is easy.
    Last edited by Atchan; 06-Aug-2010 at 21:05.

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    Re: Simple Past (Sentences)

    Unfortunately, they are not easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    Active Voice: Peter refused to give his brother one dollar because he is stingy. Okay.

    Passive Voice: Peter’s brother was refused to give one dollar by Peter because he is stingy.
    No. Peter's brother was not given a dollar by Peter because Peter is stingy? A dollar was refused by Peter to his brother? The giving of a dollar? All are awkward.

    Gerund Form: Peter’s refusing to give his brother one dollar made him a stingy.

    He was stingy, and therefore, he didn't give the dollar. The refusal is not what made him stingy. Peter's stinginess was the cause of his refusal to give his brother a dollar.


    Active Voice:
    Tom betrayed his girlfriend because he married another girl. Okay

    Passive Voice: Tom’s girlfriend was betrayed by him because he married another girl. Okay

    Gerund Form: Tom’s betraying of his girlfriend was after he married another girl.

    I'd suggest betrayal instead of betraying and it wasn't after he married her, it was the act of marrying her that was the betrayal.


    Active Voice: A lion devoured a gazelle after it became hungry. Okay

    Passive Voice: A gazelle was devoured by a lion after it became hungry. Okay. Any reasonable person will know it's the lion who is hungry and not the gazelle, although the "it" could grammatically mean either one.

    Gerund Form: A lion’s devouring of a gazelle was after it felt a hunger.
    This is a wholly unnatural sentence.

    Active Voice: Somalia’s government tried to control Mogadishu but other forces fought it.
    Okay

    Passive Voice: Mogadishu was tried to control by Somalia’s government but other forces fought it.
    Control for Mogadishu was attempted by Somalia's government...

    Gerund Form: Somalia government’s trying to control Mogadishu was a fail because it’s too weak.
    Try "attempt to control" not "trying to control" -- you made up the rest of the sentence with new information not in the original.

    Active Voice: A bear attacked John and his friends but he defended himself while his friends fled.
    Okay

    Passive Voice: John and his friends were attacked by a bear but he defended himself while his friends fled.
    This is your best transformation of the whole set.

    Gerund Form: A bear’s attacking of John and his friends was in Moscow.

    HUH??
    Last edited by Barb_D; 06-Aug-2010 at 20:56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Unfortunately, they are not easy.
    Thank you for your help. I want to improve my English, so that is why I want to know where my mistakes exist.

    Teachers in this forum becoming less and less, I donít know what happened them, maybe most of them traveled maybe other thing had happened. But I think the basic thing that made them not to enter this forum as frequently as they were doing before, relates to that they didn't get a surprise or a gift. Today, I started to write a topic about the teachers and soon I will finish it then I will send a copy to the administrators.

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    Well, it is summer time (for many of us). People tend to take time off from the computer and do things with their families and travel, etc. It's vacation season.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I certainly don't spend as much time at the computer as I used as I have a lot of other things going on in my life. Remember that every native speaker on here gives their time and advice entirely voluntarily - I have no idea what you meant by the lack of a "surprise or gift"!

    For my part, I do what I can when I can, but sometimes the longer posts and the ones like this which are going to require a lot more time and thought, I simply don't start if I don't think I can give it the required concentration. That would be a disservice to the learners.

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    Atchan,

    Why do you want or need to transform simple sentences into passive and gerundive forms?

    Native speakers do not use these constructions in normal speech.

    I for one have better things to do than comment on what looks like a purely academic exercise - like helping students with more pressing needs.

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    Hello.

    (1) I think that you are a very good student who is very serious about learning English.

    (2) I think that it is fine if you want to practice the active, the passive, and the gerund.

    (3) As I have respectfully suggested before, if you ask one question about the active,

    passive, and gerund in each post, then more people will probably answer you more

    quickly. I have noticed that the shorter posts get the fastest replies.

    THANK YOU

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    The Parser makes a very good point. I will readily admit that I looked at your post at some point in the 20 hours before anyone answered it. I clicked on it, saw the length of it, and clicked straight back to the main page to look at other posts.

    6 separate questions, with 3 parts each. 18 sentences to consider, de-construct, make amendments to and explain the amendments if necessary. Too much.

    And as Rover asked you, why do you need to change those sentences into the passive or gerund form? It's one thing to show that you understand how the passive works but to take random sentences and insist on transforming them into the passive when those sentences will really never, ever be needed in that form, is a waste of your time and of ours.

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    I have no idea what you meant by the lack of a "surprise or gift"!
    I know that most of the members give their time and advice entirely voluntarily, but what I meant is a degree for them because there are administrators and moderators. But where is the teacher and others on this field. Please wait my thread soon (or maybe tomorrow).

    OK, I realized what you mean so I will change the form of transforming a sentence to active, passive and gerund form. In each thread I will write only one form and in the next day another form which differs from the last sentences. Will that be OK? But how many sentences? 10 sentences. Please decide.

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