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    Passive

    Active: I am cooking dinner with my mother.
    Passive: Dinner is being cooked by me and my mother. (Is this sentence Ok?)

    Please help me.

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    Re: Passive

    It's OK as an exercise in "active to passive" but it's not a natural sentence that a native speaker would ever need to utter.

    I would note though that "Dinner is being cooked by me and my mother" is more likely to be "My mother and I are cooking dinner" in the active.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    but it's not a natural sentence that a native speaker would ever need to utter.
    How would a native speaker say something like that, please?


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    Re: Passive

    Mom and I are cooking dinner.
    Or as the original read.

    The fascination with the passive voice is something most of the native speakers don't understand.
    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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    Re: Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    The fascination with the passive voice is something most of the native speakers don't understand.
    That is agreed with by me.

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    Re: Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    How would a native speaker say something like that, please?


    We use the passive for a purpose- where there's no need or point, we stick with the active.

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    Re: Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We use the passive for a purpose- where there's no need or point, we stick with the active.
    I wonder if our webmaster can fix it so that that message comes up automatically every time someone posts a question about the passive.
    Last edited by Tdol; 16-Feb-2014 at 15:16. Reason: Removing code that had appeared in quote

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    Re: Passive

    If we could, it would only be a matter of time before someone asked if it's OK to say The active is stuck with by us.

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