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    Passive.

    Can you please tell me if there are something wrong with the following sentences?

    No mercy is shown to a cruel person. No mercy shouldn't be shown to a cruel person. Nobody wants to shown mercy to a cruel person.

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    Re: Passive.

    Quote Originally Posted by ercantuncer View Post
    Can you please tell me if there are something wrong with the following sentences?

    No mercy is shown to a cruel person. No mercy should be shown to a cruel person. Nobody wants to show mercy to a cruel person.

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    Re: Passive.

    I didn't understand last one. Nobody wants to show mercy to a cruel person.This sentence is active.How can I make it passive? Can you please tell me?

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    Re: Passive.

    Quote Originally Posted by ercantuncer View Post
    I don't understand the last one. Nobody wants to show mercy to a cruel person. This sentence is active. How can I make it passive? Can you please tell me?
    Passive voice:

    Showing mercy to a cruel person is something nobody wants to do.

    (That is really awkward.)


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    Re: Passive.

    Is this possible? Nobody wants to be shown mercy to a cruel person.

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    #6

    Re: Passive.

    Do you know what the phrase "show mercy" means? I'll rewrite the sentence. Say:

    Nobody wants to show kindness (be kind to) a cruel person.


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    Re: Passive.

    I found this sentence 'If I go out and start entering my neighbors houses and kill them, I cannot and dont expect to be shown mercy'

    In this sentence 'to be shown mercy' is in passive form.

    There is a group of people and they dont want other people to show mercy to cruel people.Because they think that showing mercy to a cruel person is wrong. And I say that: Some people dont want other people to show mercy to cruel person. Now I want to say this in passive form:

    Some people dont want to be shown mercy to a cruel.

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    #8

    Re: Passive.

    Your last sentence is not proper English and it makes no sense.

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    #9

    Re: Passive.

    Sometimes putting something into the passive voice (as I already demonstrated) just doesn't work very well. Furthermore, I don't think "I don't expect to be shown mercy" is in the passive voice.

    (There is so much wrong with that post, Mike, why did you focus on one sentence? )


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    #10

    Re: Passive.

    I focused on the last because it seemed to be the bottom line.

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