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    Passive

    Dear teachers!
    - "Do as I say" he begged me.
    passive
    - I was begged (by him) to do as he said.
    or
    - He begged what he said (to me) should be followed
    Are they right?
    Last edited by hoangkha; 10-Jan-2012 at 18:03.

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    Re: Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Dear teachers!
    - "Do as I say" he begged me.
    passive
    - I was begged (by him) to do as he said.
    or
    - He begged what he said (to me) should be followed
    Are they right?
    "I was begged by him to do as he said" is correct though extremely unlikely to be used.
    Your final sentence would simply never be used. It's far too awkward and unnatural.
    Were you tasked with changing the original sentence into the passive? I only ask because it always seems to me that exercise books and some teachers ask their students to change some of the most unlikely sentences into the passive.

    As someone else (sorry, I can't remember who) says here frequently: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

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