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    The Passive Voice

    Hi, can anyone tell me if these passive sentences are correct?

    Active: My father gets a good salary.
    Passive: A good salary is got by my father.

    Active: Mr. Thomson has the garden in town.
    Passive: The garden in town is had by Mr. Thomson.

    Thank you!

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    Hi, can anyone tell me if these passive sentences are correct?

    Active: My father gets a good salary.
    Passive: A good salary is got by my father.

    Active: Mr. Thomson has the garden in town.
    Passive: The garden in town is had by Mr. Thomson.

    Thank you!
    This is one of those exercises which is absolutely pointless. As far as the order of words and the passive construction is concerned, they're both correct but there would be absolutely no reason to use the passive in either of those situations. If we absolutely had to use the passive (and I really cannot think of ANY situation where I would), then we would say:

    A good salary is earnt by my father. (Note: earnt in BrE, earned in AmE)
    The garden in town is owned by Mr Thomson.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    I never knew "earnt" was a word.

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I never knew "earnt" was a word.
    'Earnt', learnt', 'spelt', etc are fine in BrE.

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    I know you use different forms. I was saying that I'd come across "burnt" and "spelt" and "learnt" before. But not "earnt."

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    It's becoming so common in popular usage that more dictionaries than these three are soon going to have to acknowledge it.

    Those of us who still find it irritating are just going to have to suck it up.

    Rover

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    I always use "earned".

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's becoming so common in popular usage that more dictionaries than these three are soon going to have to acknowledge it.

    Those of us who still find it irritating are just going to have to suck it up.

    Rover
    So, it's a not an old word?

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    I've only become aware of its use in the last two or three years.

    Rover

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    Re: The Passive Voice

    Thank you!

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