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    Active or Passive

    Hi, is anyone able to tell me if the following sentence is active or passive and if the word "painted" is a past participle or a noun? I can't decide!

    Their house needs to be painted.

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    Re: Active or Passive

    The main verb in the sentence, 'needs', is active.

    What makes you think 'painted' in the construction following 'needs' might be a noun?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Mar-2013 at 21:13.

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    Re: Active or Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The main verb in the sentence, 'needs', is active.

    What makes you think 'painted' in the construction following 'needs' might be a noun?
    Sorry! Not a noun an adjective. I was thinking that "painted" was describing what the house needs. Would the sentence be "The house needs to be painted by them" if it is passive?

    Thanks for your help.

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