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    intransitive with passive voices

    Hi,

    Intransitive verbs (verbs which do not take objects) cannot be used to form passive sentences.
    • John came to the meeting.
    • *John was come to the meeting (incorrect).
    • The cat died in the street.
    • *The cat was died in the street (incorrect).
    • We went to the zoo.
    They are OK. But, I have seen the verb 'wait' is an intransitive verb, and can't we construct a sentence as below?

    -I don't like to be waited for hours.
    -You are
    being waited(by someone).

    or the verb 'talk'.

    -I don't like to be talked about me.

    Thanks...


    Last edited by aysaa; 08-Mar-2012 at 14:38.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Intransitive verbs (verbs which do not take objects) cannot be used to form passive sentences.
    • John came to the meeting.
    • *John was come to the meeting (incorrect).
    • The cat died in the street.
    • *The cat was died in the street (incorrect).
    • We went to the zoo.

    They are OK. But, I have seen the verb 'wait' is an intransitive verb, and can't we construct a sentence as below?

    -I don't like to be waited for hours.
    -You are
    being waited(by someone).

    or the verb 'talk'.

    -I don't like to be talked about me.

    Thanks...


    No, we can't.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Thanks... But we can use these intransitive verbs in the relative clauses as a passive structure, is that right?

    For example:

    -Still, a coaching career waited a few years.
    -Still, a coaching career which has been waited a few years.

    -I saw a kid waited outside the door for hours.

    -Maybe that is an idea which can be agreed by the teacher.

    -I desire a city which can be easily lived by people.
    Last edited by aysaa; 08-Mar-2012 at 14:40.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks... But we can use these intransitive verbs in the relative clauses as a passive structure, is that right?

    For example:

    -Still, a coaching career waited a few years.
    -Still, a coaching career which has been waited a few years.

    -I saw a kid waited outside the door for hours.

    -Maybe that is an idea which can be agreed by the teacher.

    -I desire a city which can be easily lived by people.
    No, they are not correct either.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Sorry, but you are not being helpful to me about this. Why don't you fix them instead of saying no? I have seen some of them in this page.

    a waited - FrazeIt Search

    be lived in - FrazeIt Search

    And also I have thought that it may be better if I put 'in' in this example:

    I desire a city in which can be easily lived by people.

    Last edited by aysaa; 08-Mar-2012 at 15:54.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Sorry, but you are not being helpful to me about this. Why don't you fix them instead of saying no? I have seen some of them in this page.

    a waited - FrazeIt Search

    be lived in - FrazeIt Search

    And also I have thought that it may be better if I put 'in' in this example:

    I desire a city in which can be easily lived by people.

    I desire a city in which people can easily live.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Sorry, but you are not being helpful to me about this. Why don't you fix them instead of saying no? I have seen some of them in this page.

    a waited - FrazeIt Search
    The fix is not to use intransitive verbs in passive constructions.
    Which of the sentences on that page is in the passive voice?

    PS: Were you looking for the transitive verb 'await'? It would be uncommon to use this in the passive, but it's possible.
    "His servant awaited him. He was awaited by his servant."
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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks... But we can use these intransitive verbs in the relative clauses as a passive structure, is that right?

    For example:

    -Still, a coaching career waited a few years.
    -Still, a coaching career which has been waited a few years.

    -I saw a kid waited outside the door for hours.

    -Maybe that is an idea which can be agreed by the teacher.

    -I desire a city which can be easily lived by people.
    Intransitive verbs cannot be made passive. wait, live talk and agree are intransitive, but wait on, live in talk about and agree on are transitive, so they can be made passive.

    That is an idea which is agreed on by the teacher.
    I want a city which can be easily lived in.
    I was waited on (that is, served) in the restaurant.
    I don't like being talked about.

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    So many thanks...That was What I wanted to say!

    My other question is can we use the intransitive verbs in the sentences as adjective meanings, especially before nouns?

    For example:

    -A lived place.
    -A died person.
    -Spoken language.
    -A agreed point....etc

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    Re: intransitive with passive voices

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    So many thanks...That was What I wanted to say!

    My other question is can we use the intransitive verbs in the sentences as adjective meanings, especially before nouns?

    For example:

    -A lived place. No.
    -A died person. No.
    -Spoken language. Yes.
    -An agreed point.... Yes
    Bhai.

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