Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 430
    #1

    Post Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Greetings, this is my first post in this forum. If I make any mistakes, kindly please let me know. Many thanks!

    I know that the answer to the following question is "RECOVERED", but I don't know what is the correct grammatical explanation for it. Are there many ways to explain this answer or only one? Passive voice?

    Qn: Don't worry! It's only a matter of time that your lost items will be RECOVERED," Jane comforted her sister.

    Thanking you in advance for helping me to understand.

    Peace!

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Yes, it is passive voice.

  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,839
    #3

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    kindly please let me know.
    I would omit 'kindly' due to redundancy.

    Not a teacher.

  3. salvador.dal1950's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 129
    #4

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Greetings, this is my first post in this forum. If I make any mistakes, kindly please let me know. Many thanks!
    I'm not a teacher but I wouldn't use "kindly" followed by "please". "Kindly", to me, is a polite way of saying "please", so the "please" becomes redundant.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 3,343
    #5

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    It may be so but it is common to be 'doubly polite' in the Asian context.

    not a teacher

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 430
    #6

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Many thanks to all for your replies! I agree that the word 'kindly' should be omitted as it is obviously redundant Hmmm...i didn't realise this till now!
    It's true though that it's common to be 'doubly polite' in the Asian context :)

    @MikeNewYork: I would appreciate it if you could explain to me using passive voice. Thank you!

  4. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #7

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    A sentence in the active voice with a transitive verb has a subject, a verb, and a direct object. In the passive voice, the direct object becomes the subject and the verb is transformed to the passive voice. If the previous subject appears at all, it becomes the agent.

    Active voice: I saw her on campus.
    Passive voice: She was seen on campus (by me).

    Active voice: The dog bit a cat.
    Passive voice: The cat was bitten (by the dog).

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 430
    #8

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    @MikeNewYork...ermm can you please help me to understand your explanation by way of passive voice, using the sentence below. Sorry to trouble you. Many thanks!

    Question: Don't worry! It's only a matter of time that your lost items will be RECOVERED," Jane comforted her sister.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,512
    #9

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    Don't worry! It's only a matter of time before somebody will recover your lost items," Jane comforted her sister.

  5. Roman55's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 2,311
    #10

    Re: Don't know how to explain this although i know the answer

    I am not a teacher.

    And I think the word 'before' should replace 'that' in the original too.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Whats the proper way to say this phrase, and please explain your answer?
    By Imlearninenglish in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-Sep-2013, 01:00
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 21-Mar-2013, 14:55
  3. Which one is corect answer! (AND PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY)
    By 900145163 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-Feb-2013, 19:24
  4. Please explain these two sentences. I don't understand their mean.
    By amirghh in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2009, 01:28
  5. Don't know how to explain the problem?
    By sweetie_sneha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2006, 05:34

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •