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    Lightbulb Verb used transitively or intransitively - "The MonaLisa was painted by Pablo Picass"

    Hello. Thank you for answering my question. Here it goes:

    In the passive voice sentence: "The MonaLisa was painted by Pablo Picasso", is the main verb "painted" used transitively or intransitively?

    I ask this because in its active version it would be: "Pablo Picasso painted the Monalisa". "painted" would be a transitive verb and its object would be "the Monalisa", but I'm not sure how it works for the passive voice.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Verb used transitively or intransitively - "The MonaLisa was painted by Pablo Pic

    Only transitive verbs can be rendered in the passive.

    You need to say

    'The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci'.

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    Re: Verb used transitively or intransitively - "The MonaLisa was painted by Pablo Pic

    Well, thank you and sorry for the mistake (Leonardo da Vinci!). I just realized it this morning when I asked my teacher. She kind of confused me a little bit, perhaps she didn't have the answer at all. My real question is: Is "The Monalisa" IN THE PASSIVE VOICE SENTENCE still the object of the verb "painted"?
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    Re: Verb used transitively or intransitively - "The MonaLisa was painted by Pablo Pic

    It's 'Mona Lisa' — not 'Monalisa'.

    The active sentence is 'Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa'.

    In the passive voice, the object becomes the subject.

    'The Mona Lisa' is the subject of 'was painted'.

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