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    Voice

    Confused

    I've taken everything away. - Active voice
    Everything's been taken away. - Passive voice
    I got taken for half of everything - ????????????


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    Re: Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Confused

    I've taken everything away. - Active voice
    Everything's been taken away. - Passive voice
    I got taken for half of everything - ????????????


    M.
    With your sentence in bold, do you mean, for instance, in a divorce? Or like a scam?

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    Quite, emsr 2D2.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Quite, emsr 2D2.

    Regards,

    M.
    She took me for half of everything I owned = active.
    I was taken for half of everything I owned = passive.

    (I hope!)

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    #5

    Re: Voice

    'Get' is a commonly used alternative to 'be' in passive sentences, especially in informal conversation: "Our team got beaten last week".

    Many regard this as sub-standard.

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    Re: Voice

    Thanks, I see that:

    She took me for half of everything I owned = active.
    I was taken for half of everything I owned = passive.

    But, is there a voice in:

    I got taken for half of everything

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    Re: Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'Get' is a commonly used alternative to 'be' in passive sentences, especially in informal conversation: "Our team got beaten last week".

    Many regard this as sub-standard.
    Indeed. Having said that, I'm just as likely to say "I got taken for everything I owned" as "I was taken for everything I owned".

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    So, the answer is "passive" and so, the passive is after all not facing exctinction, as it appears, at least amongst some. Is it just undergoing a metamorphosis?

    M.

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