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    has tested/has been tested positive

    He has tested/has been tested positive for Aids.

    Are both the active and passive voice correct for the verb 'test'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: has tested/has been tested positive

    It seems both options are possible:


    test positive/negative (for something)
    Athletes who test positive for steroids are immediately banned. Longman

    Eighteen US soldiers in Kuwait have been tested positive for swine flu, health authorities have said.
    BBC - US Kuwait troops suffer swine flu

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    Re: has tested/has been tested positive

    NB: AIDS -- all capitals. Although I think you test positive for the virus, HIV. AIDS develops afterwards -- or perhaps not at all. Perhaps Ray will be along to comment.
    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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    Re: has tested/has been tested positive

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    NB: AIDS -- all capitals. Although I think you test positive for the virus, HIV. AIDS develops afterwards -- or perhaps not at all. Perhaps Ray will be along to comment.
    Correct.

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    Re: has tested/has been tested positive

    Thank you very much, all teachers here. I've learned new things here every day. I should have said 'tested positive for HIV (RATHER THAN AIDS).
    By the way, I thought both AIDS and Aids were good spellings because I read 'AIDS or Aids' in MACMILLAN without much thinking. In that way I could remember the spelling the easier way.

    Thank you heartily (I wanted to try another way to say thank you but does this sound naturally?) again.

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