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  1. Newbie
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    Can you help me for a bit

    Hi, today i casually see this structure in my lesson and i cannot make it out, can you explain it to me
    here it is

    " why does the man want to be read to"

    As i know, i just see the structure such as want to do something but this is not, is that passive voice ?

    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Can you help me for a bit

    Yes, it's passive.

    A: "It would be very nice if you would read this to me."
    B: I wonder why A wants you to read to him.
    C: I don't think it has to be me. I think anyone can read to him and he'll be happy.
    B: Okay, why does he want to be read to at all?
    C: He's just had eye surgery and it will be a while before he can read by himself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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