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    oophs..

    Yesterday I forgot to ask this question.
    My hands were put out to steady myself.

    They said "put out" cannot be passive in this sense, but I cannot make it out.

    Could you tell me the reason please?

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    Exclamation Re: put out

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    oophs..

    Yesterday I forgot to ask this question.
    My hands were put out to steady myself.

    They said "put out" cannot be passive in this sense, but I cannot make it out.

    Could you tell me the reason please?
    Yes, it is considered as an offensive term used to describe someone who is thought to be promiscuous, although it can now be directed at both men and women. But these days, it has a broader definition. You can use it in passive form to express annoyance; as:
    He was put out when I missed our appointment.

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    #3

    Re: put out

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    oophs..

    Yesterday I forgot to ask this question.
    My hands were put out to steady myself.

    They said "put out" cannot be passive in this sense, but I cannot make it out.

    Could you tell me the reason please?
    sarat has mentioned two uses for "put out".
    1. To offer one's sexual favours easily: Does she put out?
    2. To be offended/annoyed. He was put out by my suggestion.

    Your question relates to a more literal use - to put (place) something out[wards]
    "Did you put the rubbish out?" (For garbage collection)
    "I put my hands out to steady myself."
    You would not use the passive voice for your sentence, since it tends to imply that you have no idea who put your hands out!
    However, you can say, "His hands were put out as if to steady himself."
    And you can certsainly use this phrase passively in other contexts:
    "Cakes and biscuits were put out for the guests."

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    Re: put out

    And of course: 'Cigarette?'/'No thanks, I've just put one out.'

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    #5

    Re: put out

    I thought the annoyance one was "put off."

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    #6

    Re: put out

    Not in Br Eng (and probably other varieties). Of course, someone who feels put out (snubbed) may also be put off (deterred). (And then they may be put off [deferred])

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