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    Sentences with passive voice

    Hello, there.

    How are you doing today?

    Let me request you to review the following sentence. Is it accurate?

    We were driving along quite fast but we were overtaken by a car being driven by an old lady who lifted the side window, raised her hand towards us and gave us a f*ck sign.

    Looking forward to seeing your reply.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    All of the verb tenses and constructions are fine. Did she lift the window though? I think she probably lowered it or rolled it down.

    Fast is technically an adjective so formally you should say "we were driving along quite quickly". However, fast has been misused in this way so frequently and for so long that in some speech and informal writing it's OK.

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello, there.

    How are you doing today?

    Let me request you to review the following sentence. Is it accurate?

    We were driving along quite fast but we were overtaken by a car being driven by an old lady who lifted the side window, raised her hand towards us and gave us a f*ck sign.

    Looking forward to seeing your reply.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I agree with Mr. Ben: you have done a great job.

    (2) I would just suggest a few little changes:

    We were driving along quite fast [personally, I like "fast"]

    when we were overtaken by a little old lady, who lowered

    her window, raised her hand toward [most Americans do not

    use "s"] us, and made a very rude finger gesture!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    All of the verb tenses and constructions are fine. Did she lift the window though? I think she probably lowered it or rolled it down.

    Fast is technically an adjective so formally you should say "we were driving along quite quickly". However, fast has been misused in this way so frequently and for so long that in some speech and informal writing it's OK.
    Yes, you were absolutely right that she rolled down the window.
    Thank you a lot.

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I agree with Mr. Ben: you have done a great job.

    (2) I would just suggest a few little changes:

    We were driving along quite fast [personally, I like "fast"]

    when we were overtaken by a little old lady, who lowered

    her window, raised her hand toward [most Americans do not

    use "s"] us, and made a very rude finger gesture!!!


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    I liked your 'made a very rude finger gesture'.

    Thank you, James.

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Fast is fully an adverb, not a misused adjective.

    Check out Merriam Webster, Collins, the Free dictionary, and a host of others.
    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'm yet another victim of grammar myths!

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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Happens to all of us. I feel free to boldly go to new destinations, while other would only want to go boldly. My personal "cling to this despite the prevailing winds" include "try to" instead of "try and" and restricting "that" for restrictive information and "which" for non-restrictive.

    (Recently at a softball game, the teams recited the Little League Pledge. I had to get out my iPhone and pull up the dictionary to assure people that "fair" is also an adverb and they didn't have to "play fairly" after the kerluffle that ensued. Even after seeing it in the dictionary, one man huffed "the nuns wouldn't have allowed that and neither will I.")
    Last edited by Barb_D; 04-May-2011 at 21:17.
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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Happens to all of us. I feel free to boldly go to new destinations, while other would only want to go boldly. My personal "cling to this despite the prevailing winds" include "try to" instead of "try and" and restricting "that" for restrictive information and "which" for non-restrictive.

    (Recently at a softball game, the teams recited the Little League Pledge. I had to get out my iPhone and pull up the dictionary to assure people that "fair" is also an adverb and they didn't have to "play fairly" after the kerluffle that ensured. Even after seeing it in the dictionary, one man huffed "the nuns wouldn't have allowed that and neither will I.")
    You get into kerfuffles over grammar at softball games?!


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    Re: Sentences with passive voice

    We're a very erudite bunch of parents!

    (This was the part of the season with unlimited walks and steals. The pitchers in this age group aren't always very accurate. Pretty much every inning consisted of Walk. Steal-steal-steal home. Walk. Steal. Steal. Steal home. The six run/inning mercy rule was merciful for the parents as well. The innings lasted forever. We'd talk about anything!)
    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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