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    Survive in active and passive voice

    Hey
    I want to know when we can use survive in a passive voice and when we don't have this permission?
    In the sixth usage of this verb in Longman dictionary, I saw that is has been used in a passive voice : Ex: He is survived by his wife Sue.
    Is it possible to use this verb in passive voice in its other definitions/usages?

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    I can't think of one but if you'd like to construct some sample sentences, we'll tell you if they work or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    He survived by his wife Sue.

    OR

    He is survived by his wife Sue.

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    He survived by his wife Sue.

    OR

    He is survived by his wife Sue.
    The first is neither passive nor correct. The second is passive and correct.

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    He survived by his wife Sue.

    OR

    He is survived by his wife Sue.
    When I suggested that you construct some sentences yourself, I didn't expect you to copy the example sentence from the Longman dictionary, write a variant of it and then ask which one is correct. In 99.9% of cases, you can assume that the example sentence in a dictionary is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Is it possible to use this verb in passive voice in its other definitions/usages?
    You can't put She survived the earthquake into the passive.

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    Re: Survive in active and passive voice

    And in the obituary sense of "is survived by" is rarely used in the active. You would rarely read "His wife Sue survives him."
    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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