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    Passive or Active?

    Hello to everybody,

    Which voice, Passive or Active, should I use in a following example?

    I'm cooking a dish. I cut vegetables and put them into a pot and put the pot into an oven.
    1. Now my dish is cooking by itself.
    2. Now my dish is being cooked by itself.

    Which sentence is correct?

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    Re: Passive or Active?

    Vegetables are cooking in the pot.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Passive or Active?

    Active: The vegetables are cooking.
    Passive: The vegetables are being cooked.

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    Re: Passive or Active?

    Actually neither.
    It's the "middle voice" or "ergative," a grammatical term not much used.

    I cook the vegetables-- active
    The vegetables were cooked by Sam -- passive
    The vegetables are cooking -- ergative.

    You can search for the term.
    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 or Active?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Active: The vegetables are cooking.
    Passive: The vegetables are being cooked.
    Thank you. Can you tell me, please, which one, Passive or Active, sounds more natural for native speakers?

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    Re: Passive or Active?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Actually neither.
    It's the "middle voice" or "ergative," a grammatical term not much used.

    I cook the vegetables-- active
    The vegetables were cooked by Sam -- passive
    The vegetables are cooking -- ergative.

    You can search for the term.
    Thank you very much! I've never heard about the middle voice.

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    Re: Passive or Active?

    Don't use the passive unless there is a good reason.
    You don't know who did it.
    You want to hide who did it.
    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 or Active?

    I couldn't wish for a better explanation! Thank you very much.

    Native speakers in common are so kind and polite, they don't want to hurt me correcting my mistakes. This is why this forum is priceless.

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