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    passive verb

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    The play wasn't to be cancelled, but it was only postponed.

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    Re: passive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    The play wasn't to be cancelled, but it was only postponed.
    It is not natural. This works:

    ​The play wasn't cancelled; it was simply/merely/only postponed.

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    #3

    Re: passive verb

    "The play wasn't cancelled but postponed."
    Does it work?

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    Re: passive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "The play wasn't cancelled but postponed."
    Does it work?
    Yes, it's OK.

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