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    Passive voice

    How to change this sentence into passive?
    It's a little too loose, you had better ask your tailor to take it in. (One passive)

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    Re: Passive voice

    Welcome to Using English.
    As you'll see, we expect people to make an attempt at answering their questions first and then we help. It's hard to learn if we just give answers.

    In your question, there is a person who is to perform an action on something. That person is the tailor.
    You need to make the "something" that is receiving the action the subject of the sentence. (Hint: The "something" is a pronoun.)
    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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    Re: Passive voice

    It's a little too loose, you had better ask your tailor to have it taken in?

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    It's a little too loose, you had better ask your tailor to have it taken in?
    That would mean that the tailor was asking someone else to do the work. In the original, you wanted the tailor to do the work. In the version you want, forget the tailor until the end.

    It's a little too loose; .... .. ..... .. (by the tailor).

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    Re: Passive voice

    Hmmm... I don't know. It's a little too loose, you had better have it taken by the tailor. That's all I can come up with. But it sounds complicated...

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    Hmmm... I don't know. It's a little too loose, you had better have it taken in by the tailor. That's all I can come up with. But it sounds complicated...
    It sounds fine to me, apart from the missing in. Don't forget, you are under no obligation, outside coursebook exercises and examinations, to use the construction. In speech and informal writing, the had is almost always contracted to 'd.

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    Re: Passive voice

    Thank You

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    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    Thank You
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