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    underlie: passive form

    Hello,
    if A underlies B, e.g. Many factors underlie my decision,
    what is the correct form of the passive?
    a. B is underlain by A - My decision is underlain by many factors.
    b. B is underlaid by A - My decision is underlaid by many factors.
    or something else?

    Dictionaries and spell-checkers suggest the 'a' option but when I used it in a paper, it was criticized for being non-native-like (I am not a native speaker of English). Which is correct? Thanks.

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    Re: underlie: passive form

    Hi and welcome, miwalko

    It does sound strange. I would simply say "My decision is based on many factors." It sounds more natural to me.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: underlie: passive form

    Quote Originally Posted by miwalko View Post
    if A underlies B, e.g. Many factors underlie my decision,
    what is the correct form of the passive?
    'Underlie' is not used in the passive.

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    Re: underlie: passive form

    Oh, I see now. Thank you very much, it's very helpful! :)

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    Re: underlie: passive form

    Quote Originally Posted by miwalko View Post
    Dictionaries and spell-checkers suggest the 'a' option but when I used it in a paper, it was criticized for being non-native-like (I am not a native speaker of English).
    That's because we don't use it.

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