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    Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    Which of the following two sentences is right ?
    "It can't be happened".
    "It can't happen".

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    #2

    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    The second one.

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    #3

    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    SUJANLONDON, please note that a better title would have been It can't be happened/It can't happen.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    "To happen" is a regular verb. We do not use "to be happen" so your first sentence is not possible.

    It happens.
    It happens regularly.
    It doesn't happen.
    It can't happen.

    "To be happening" means that something is in progress.

    This atrocity is happening.
    This atrocity was happening ...
    This atrocity has been happening ...
    This atrocity had been happening ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    It must have happened. It must not have happened.

    It could have happened. It couldn't have happened.
    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: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SUJANLONDON View Post
    "It can't be happened".
    If you want the passive voice, you may say "It can't be caused by ...".

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    There is a difference between "happen" and "cause".

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    #8

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    How we can translate the first sentence into passive voice?

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    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    You can't. Only transitive verbs can exist in the passive voice.

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    #10

    Re: Which of the following two sentences is right ?

    Hello.
    I agree with Mike.

    I think what Matthew was trying to say (in post #6) was:

    "X happened due to Y."
    = "Y caused X."
    = "X was caused by Y."

    I also agree with Matthew on this.

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