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    Change of voice

    Please change the voice of the following;
    "Be seated"
    I want to get the answer just for my understanding, I usually hear people say this.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by shani16; 21-Dec-2014 at 10:43.

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    #2

    Re: Change of voice

    Quote Originally Posted by shani16 View Post
    Change the voice of the following;
    "Be seated"
    Why?

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    #3

    Re: Change of voice

    Your command sounds like the instruction in a grammar book. We respond better to polite questions or requests.

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    #4

    Re: Change of voice

    I edited my thread.

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    #5

    Re: Change of voice

    What voice do you think it's in? What voice do you want to change it into?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Change of voice

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What voice do you think it's in? What voice do you want to change it into?
    I think it's in passive voice, I want to change it into active voice.

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    #7

    Re: Change of voice

    'Please take a seat.'

    Not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Change of voice

    Matthew's suggestion is a good alternative but converting the "voice" of commands is awkward.

    If if I hand you a plate of cookies and say "help yourself to as many as you want", there is no natural passive version.

    But then, there are no natural passive versions to many things learners want to change.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 21-Dec-2014 at 14:13. Reason: Tiny typo
    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: Change of voice

    Some things are best left the way they are.

    Quote Originally Posted by shani16 View Post
    I think it's in passive voice, I want to change it into active voice.
    It's not passive anyway. You can't sit a person. In a rather rare context you can seat a person; it would involve taking them to a place more-or-less roughly and telling them to sit down. That context is irrelevant here.

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    #10

    Re: Change of voice

    'A waiter seated him near a window.'
    'He was seated near a window.'
    Is the context OK?
    Not a teacher.

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