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    Passive with verb plus infinitve

    Hi Everyone,

    One of my students wrote the following ungrammatical clause:

    "everything will be started to get worsen"

    She explained that she wanted to write it in the passive, and I take it that she intended to transform the following clause into the passive:

    "everything will start to get worse".

    Now I'm having trouble explaining to her what the problem is here. Is it that one can't turn "will start to get" into the passive because it is in some sense intransitive? Any help regarding the rules which apply in the case will be much appreciated.

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    Re: Passive with verb plus infinitve

    Yes, 'get' here means 'become', and 'become' is intransitive.* Also 'get worse' means 'worsen', so 'get worsen' is another error.

    * 'Become' is transitive in "Your dress becomes you."

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    Re: Passive with verb plus infinitve

    OK, it's much clearer now. Thanks for your quick reply.

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    Re: Passive with verb plus infinitve

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, 'get' here means 'become', and 'become' is intransitive.* Also 'get worse' means 'worsen', so 'get worsen' is another error.

    * 'Become' is transitive in "Your dress becomes you."
    Note, though, that "You are becomed by this dress" is not a workable sentence. Not every transitive verb can be transformed into the passive.
    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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