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    be dated back to

    In my textbook I came across the following sentence:

    All the objects are from the same excavation site and can be dated back to between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago.

    Shouldn't "be dated back to" be "date back to" instead?

    Can this phrase be used in passive voice?

    Thank you for your help!

    Jason


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    Re: be dated back to

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    In my textbook I came across the following sentence:

    All the objects are from the same excavation site and can be dated back to between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago.

    Shouldn't "be dated back to" be "date back to" instead?
    Not necessarily.
    Can this phrase be used in passive voice?
    Yes.

    Thank you for your help!

    Jason

    If a rock dates back 3000 years, scientists have dated it back that far.
    "To date" a rock means to work out its age. A lot of materials can be dated.

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