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    ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I want to know the passive voice of the following two sentences.

    1. What we can do.
    2. What can be done?



    Thanks

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Welcome to the forums. 1 is not a sentence.

    We don't do your homework.

    If it's not homework, why do you want to know, and why do you think they might have a passive voice?

    Rover

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Its not my homework. I think no 1 is a positive sentence and no 2 is an interrogative one. I am not clear about the formation of no 1 sentence. Why it is not a sentence? Why passive voice of the sentence cannot not be done. Please make it clear.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    They are both questions. The second is passive already. The first could have a passive form, but it wouldn't be very natural in most contexts.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Quote Originally Posted by NABADIP CHAKRAVARTY View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam

    I want to know the passive voice of the following two sentences.

    1. What we can do.
    2. What can be done?

    Thanks
    what can we do?
    but
    what we can do is ...................so and so
    do you agree with me?

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    What can we do?
    but
    What we can do is ...................so and so
    Do you agree with me?
    I'm afraid I don't know what you're trying to say.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm afraid I don't know what you're trying to say.


    I am trying to say that we can't say" what we can do" and stop.I think it is not a complete sentence and at the same time it is not a question.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    These are all possible:

    1. What can we do?
    2. What can be done?
    3. I don't know what we can do.
    4. I asked Fred what we can/could do.
    5. I don't know what we can do
    6. I asked Fred what we can/could do.

    If you are unsure about any of these, feel free to ask.

    What we can do. - That is not natural English.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    These are all possible:


    What we can do. - That is not natural English.
    Thank you .that is what I exactly meant.

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    Re: ACTIVE PASSIVE

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Thank you. That is what I exactly what I meant.
    I'm glad you have the answer you were looking for.

    Remember the rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - End every sentence with one punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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