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    "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    Is it correct to write "He wasn't ever stuck by" if I mean "No one ever supported him"? I'd like to use more phrasal verbs to improve my lexicon, so I'm doing some practice but I'm not so good

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    #2

    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    That one doesn't work.

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    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    So, I think it's because of the by. I mean, I can say that "someone is stuck", but not "someone is stuck by". Can't this phrasal verb (that I've found on this site) be passive?

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    #4

    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    No passive. You can stick by someone, but you can't say someone was stuck by.

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    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    Oh, I got it. It's an intransitive verb so it doesn't have a passive form, right? What a stupid mistake...

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    #6

    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodbyeGorgeousGeorgia View Post
    So, I think it's because of the by. I mean, I can say that "someone is stuck", but not "someone is stuck by". Can't this phrasal verb (that I've found on this site) be passive?
    The "stuck" in "someone is stuck" is different from the "stuck" in "No one ever stuck by him". In the first it means the person cannot move forward/ahead, either literally or figuratively. The second use means that no one ever supported him.

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    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodbyeGorgeousGeorgia View Post
    Is it correct to write "He wasn't ever stuck by" if I mean "No one ever supported him"? I'd like to use more phrasal verbs to improve my lexicon, so I'm doing some practice but I'm not so good
    Then why not simply say, "No one ever stuck by him"?

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    @Soothingdave: But could they say "He wasn't never stuck by, by his kin"?

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    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    No, they can't. Why are you so determined to make an ugly passive sentence out of a perfectly natural active one?

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    Re: "He wasn't ever stuck by"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No, they can't. Why are you so determined to make an ugly passive sentence out of a perfectly natural active one?
    I am not determined to do so. I agree with what you and 5jj said. I am just curious about a regional dialect of AmE that SoothingDave knows better than I.

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