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    Passive Question

    Is it permissible for me to use passive without auxiliary verb?

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    Re: Passive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ManSeek View Post
    Is it permissible for me to use passive without auxiliary verb?
    Please give an example and then we'll comment. Thanks.

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    Re: Passive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ManSeek View Post
    Is it permissible for me to use passive without auxiliary verb?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I think that in most cases, the answer is NO.

    (2) The passive is usually defined as a form of "to be" + the past participle:

    You can speak English. > English is spoken by you.

    The teachers here treat all members with respect. > All members are treated with

    respect by the teachers here.

    You should study your lessons with great diligence. > Your lessons should be

    studied with great diligence (by you).

    P.S. In informal English, you may sometimes omit the auxiliary. For example,

    if you own a store that sells things to English-speaking tourists, it's fine to put

    this sign in the window: English spoken here. (Instead of "English is spoken here

    by the staff.")

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    Re: Passive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I think that in most cases, the answer is NO.

    (2) The passive is usually defined as a form of "to be" + the past participle:

    You can speak English. > English is spoken by you.

    The teachers here treat all members with respect. > All members are treated with

    respect by the teachers here.

    You should study your lessons with great diligence. > Your lessons should be

    studied with great diligence (by you).

    P.S. In informal English, you may sometimes omit the auxiliary. For example,

    if you own a store that sells things to English-speaking tourists, it's fine to put

    this sign in the window: English spoken here. (Instead of "English is spoken here

    by the staff.")
    You have helped me twice. Thank you!

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    Re: Passive Question

    You can also use get instead of be sometimes- The house got painted, instead of The house was painted.

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