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    passive voive- by or from

    Hi,

    1. Both football matches were watched from Tv yesterday.
    2. Both football matches were watched by Tv yesterday.

    I can't figure out whether I must use 'by' or 'from' in these sentences.

    Thanks.

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    Re: passive voive- by or from

    Me neither. I'd use "on", although the sentences sound awkward. Maybe I would also drop "watched" and just say "Both football matches were on TV yesterday".

    charliedeut

    PS: You could also change the verb from "watched" to "shown", for instance.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 10-Sep-2012 at 10:13. Reason: Added PS
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    #3

    Re: passive voive- by or from

    I agree with Charlie that "on" is the right preposition but cannot come up with any reason to use the passive voice.

    (Note Charlie corrected "Tv" to "TV.")
    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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    #4

    Re: passive voive- by or from

    Just to clarify, using "shown" or "watched" give two different meanings.

    Both football matches were watched on TV yesterday = Some unspecified people watched both football matches on TV yesterday (some people watched one, some watched the other and some watched both).

    Both football matches were shown on TV yesterday = A TV broadcasting company (or more than one) broadcast both matches yesterday. We have no way of knowing whether anyone watched them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: passive voive- by or from

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    (Note Charlie corrected "Tv" to "TV.")
    Truth to be told, also note Charlie hadn't even realized it had been misspelt I just typed it the way I learned it.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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