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    Money is spent by her foolishly

    I was wondering if the following sentence is incorrect: "Money is spent by her foolishly."

    It was listed in a textbook that was focusing on the passive and although all the right 'parts' seem to be in place for the passive, the sentence just seems wrong. But I'd like to know why it's wrong.

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    Re: Money is spent by her foolishly

    It would be marginally better with 'foolishly' following 'spent', but still an unnatural sentence.

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    Re: Money is spent by her foolishly

    Thanks for your help. Is there a way that you can prove that a sentence is incorrect? If someone spells a word wrong you can point them to the correct word in a dictionary and they'll be convinced. But with sentence, it seems to be a bit trickier; especially when this sentence was found in a textbook.

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    Re: Money is spent by her foolishly

    No-one said it was incorrect. Rover_KE said it was unnatural. They're not the same thing. An unnatural sentence is one which might be grammatically correct but a native speaker would be very unlikely to say.

    This is frequently the case with the passive voice. Grammar books spend an inordinate length of time getting students to convert perfectly good active sentences into very unnatural passive sentences. We use the passive much less frequently than books would have you believe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Money is spent by her foolishly

    D.C., do you see how much better the sentence is as "She spends money foolishly"?

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