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    Conversion of active voice into passive voice

    "He is playing with good friends"

    This sentence does not have an object, it has a prepositional phrase (with good friends). Can it be converted into passive voice??

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    Re: Conversion of active voice into passive voice

    Welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by shani16 View Post
    "He is playing with good friends". End every sentence with the appropriate punctuation mark.

    This sentence does not have an object; it has a prepositional phrase (with good friends). Can it be converted into the passive voice?

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    Students are often asked to do this purely as a theoretical exercise, so you would have to say 'Good friends are being played with by him'. However, no native speaker would ever use that construction.

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    Re: Conversion of active voice into passive voice

    I have been taught that a sentence having no object can not be converted into the passive voice, then how is it possible to convert to to passive voice as:
    'Good friends are being played with by him' ?

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    Re: Conversion of active voice into passive voice

    I've just demonstrated that it is possible, but it's implausible, unnatural, ugly, non-colloqial, artificial and unrealistic.

    Non-native English teachers often give their students such pointless exercises as this, expecting the construction I concocted.
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