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    the passive

    Can the following sentence be made passive : "Honey tastes sweet."

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    #2

    Re: the passive

    No.

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    Re: the passive

    Thanks sir
    I would be more helpful if you kindly explain why we can't turn that sentence into passive. Thanks

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    #4

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    The verb has no object that could be the subject of a passive construction.

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    #5

    Re: the passive

    That is, "taste" can be transitive (have an object) in a sentence like "The chef tasted the soup."
    In your sentence, it's not a transitive verb - no one is testing the flavor of something else. It descripes the honey itself with an adjective.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 29-Dec-2013 at 15:32.
    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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    #6

    Re: the passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Prosenjit Sarkar View Post
    Can the following sentence be made passive : "Honey tastes sweet."
    In that sentence, "tastes" is an intransitive verb. We can only make passive voice with transitive verbs.

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    #7

    Re: the passive

    Thanks

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    #8

    Re: the passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Prosenjit Sarkar View Post
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    Hello Prosenjit Sarkar.

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