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  1. Anonymous
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    passive II

    1-They might commit violent crimes.

    Which would be a correct passive form expressing more or less the same idea:
    2-Violent crimes might be committed by them.
    3-Some violent crimes might be committed by them.

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    #2
    Sentence #2 is sentence #1 in the passive voice. Sentence #3 changes the meaning slightly, implying that there are some violent crimes they might not commit. (I would hope so.)

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    #3
    I prefer the active- I see no need for the passive here, given that 'they' are unspecified.

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