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    Question ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    Here are some of my attempted questions, where I don't know if my answers are correct. If I anyone could help me with them, it would be really helpful. Not all need to be corrected at once. Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks :)

    To be changed to passive voice : ( ' A ' DENOTES MY ANSWERS ) -

    1. We saw you and him.
    A. You and him were seen by us.

    2. They asked me my name.
    A. I was asked by them for my name.

    3. I bought the baby a doll.
    A. A doll was bought to the baby.

    4. A thunderstorm often turns milk sour.
    A. Milk is often turned sour by a thunderstorm.

    5. You cannot pump the ocean dry.
    A. The ocean cannot be pumped dry.

    6. They saw the storm approaching.
    A. The storm was seen by them approaching.

    7. He keeps me waiting.
    A. I am kept waiting by him.

    8. They painted the house red.
    A. The house was painted red by them.

    9. He told me to leave the room.
    A. I was told to leave the room by him.

    10. He promised me a present.
    A. I was promised a present by him.

    11. I shall order the carriage.
    A. The carriage shall be ordered by me.

    12. The boy is climbing the cliff.
    A. The cliff is being climbed up by the boy.

    13. One may accomplish many things by a little effort.
    A. Many things may be accomplished by a little effort.

    14. I am watching you very carefully.
    A. You are being watched by me very carefully.

    To be changed into Active Voice :

    1. The road was lined with people.
    A. People lined up the road.

    2. The trees were blown down by the wind.
    A. The wind blew down the trees.

    3. We shall be blamed by everyone.
    A. Everyone shall blame us.

    4. Alice was not much surprised at this.
    A. This did not surprise Alice much.

    5. He will be greatly surprised if he is chosen.
    A. His selection will greatly surprise him. / If he is chosen, it will surprise him greatly.

    Mixed ones ( To be changed to either active or passive ) :-

    1. We elected Balu captain.
    A. Balu was elected as the captain.

    2. I saw him opening the box.
    A. He was seen opening the box by me.

    3. We must listen to his words.
    A. He must be heard.

    4. Shall I ever forget those happy days ?
    A. Those happy days shall never be forgotten.

    5. One cannot gather grapes from thistles.
    A. Grapes cannot be gathered from thistles.

    6. The telegraph wires have been cut.
    A. Someone has cut the telegraph wires.

    7. Without effort nothing can be gained.
    A. No efforts can gain nothing. / No efforts will result in no gains.

    8. All desire wealth and some acquire it.
    A. Wealth is desired by all and acquired by some.

    9. Why should I be suspected by you ?
    A. Why shall you suspect me ?

    10. The legend tells us how the castle received its name.
    A. It is told by the legend how the castle received its name.

    11. Why did he defraud you of your earnings ?
    A. Why were you defraudened of your earnings by him ?

    12. The public will learn with astonishment that war is imminent.
    A. It will be learnt by the public is astonishment that the war is imminent.

    13. He made his wife do the work.
    A. His wife was made to do the work by him.

    14. The master appointed him monitor.
    A. He was appointed as the monitor by the master.

    15. The doctor despaired of his recovery.
    A. His recovery was dispaired by the doctor.

    16. He was refused admittance.
    A. Admittance was refused by him.

    17. They laughed at his warnings and objected to all his proposals.
    A. He was laughed at/upon and all his proposals were objected by them.

    18. The people regarded him as an impostor and called him a villain.
    A. He was regarded as an impostor and was called a villain by the people.

    THANKS once again for taking out some time for this. :)

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    Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    CAUTION: NOT A TEACHER
    1. We saw you and him.
    A. You and he were seen by us

    2. They asked me my name.
    A. I was asked for my name by them.

    3. I bought the baby a doll.
    A. A doll was bought for the baby by me.

    4. A thunderstorm often turns milk sour.
    A. Milk is often turned sour by a thunderstorm. Great!

    5. You cannot pump the ocean dry.
    A. The ocean cannot be pumped dry.Great!

    6. They saw the storm approaching.
    A. The storm was seen approaching by them.



    7. He keeps me waiting.
    A. I am kept waiting by him. Great!

    8. They painted the house red.
    A. The house was painted red by them. Great!

    9. He told me to leave the room.
    A. I was told to leave the room by him. Great!

    10. He promised me a present.
    A. I was promised a present by him. Great!

    11. I shall order the carriage.
    A. The carriage shall be ordered by me. Great!

    12. The boy is climbing the cliff.
    A. The cliff is being climbed up by the boy. (I don't think "up" is necessary.)

    13. One may accomplish many things by a little effort.
    A. Many things may be accomplished by a little effort. Great!

    14. I am watching you very carefully.
    A. You are being watched very carefully by me.


    I hope my answers are correct. You did a great job!
    Last edited by TheParser; 07-Feb-2012 at 15:23.

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    Thanks a lot. Your help is appreciated. :)

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    Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    This seems like a homework assignment but, as TheParser has already responded, I'll add my thoughts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ansh Agrawal View Post
    1. We saw you and him......A. You and him he were seen by us. Very unnatural.

    2. They asked me my name......A. I was asked by them for my name. Very unnatural.

    3. I bought the baby a doll......A. A doll was bought to for the baby. Even if the buyer is unimportant, this is not very natural.

    4. A thunderstorm often turns milk sour......A. Milk is often turned sour by a thunderstorm.

    5. You cannot pump the ocean dry......A. The ocean cannot be pumped dry.

    6. They saw the storm approaching......A. The storm was seen by them approaching. Unnatural

    7. He keeps me waiting......A. I am kept waiting by him. If it's necessary to include 'by him', then the active version is better.

    8. They painted the house red......A. The house was painted red by them. If it's necessary to include 'by them', then the active version is better.

    9. He told me to leave the room......A. I was told to leave the room by him. If it's necessary to include 'by him', then the active version is better.

    10. He promised me a present......A. I was promised a present by him. If it's necessary to include 'by him', then the active version is better.

    11. I shall order the carriage......A. The carriage shall be ordered by me. No.

    12. The boy is climbing the cliff......A. The cliff is being climbed up by the boy. If it's necessary to include 'by the boy', then the active version is better.

    13. One may accomplish many things by a little effort......A. Many things may be accomplished by a little effort.

    14. I am watching you very carefully......A. You are being watched by me very carefully. If it's necessary to include 'by me', then the active version is better.

    To be changed into Active Voice :

    1. The road was lined with people......A. People lined up the road.

    2. The trees were blown down by the wind......A. The wind blew down the trees.

    3. We shall be blamed by everyone......A. Everyone shall will blame us.
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    4. Alice was not much surprised at this......A. This did not surprise Alice much.

    5. He will be greatly surprised if he is chosen.
    A. His selection will greatly surprise him. (?) / If he is chosen, it will surprise him greatly.

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    Smile Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    Well, thankyou so much there... Its not a homework assignment. I practised them. I have got my exams starting soon.

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    Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    Quote Originally Posted by Ansh Agrawal View Post

    I have got my exams starting soon.
    Good luck on your exams. I am sure that you will do very well!

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    Thanks ! :)

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    Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    I am still confuse to answer this questions to be passive voice. Can you help me?

    1. There`s a rumour that the escaped prisoner is living in Beyoglu.
    2. Don`t let them take advantage of you.
    3. Don`t let him tease you
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    Re: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE

    Quote Originally Posted by A125W View Post
    I am still confuse to answer this questions to be passive voice. Can you help me?

    1. There`s a rumour that the escaped prisoner is living in Beyoglu.
    2. Don`t let them take advantage of you.
    3. Don`t let him tease you

    I'm just a student. But i would provide u with my suggestions...

    i think it would be like this :

    1. Rumour has it that the escaped prisoner is living in Beyoglu.

    2. Don't let yourself been taken advantage of. [ this one sounds weird, i think 'been' is either wrong or not necessary ]

    3. Don't let yourself get teased.

    I dont know if m correct, but i just tried to help.. \m/ Good luck

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