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    Passive voice

    Hi there,

    if time permits you,can you help me with following sentences. I just tried myself to make this sentences. I need your comments to step forward.

    I focus on money.

    Money is focused on.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Passive voice

    "I focus on money" makes grammatical sense, but I am not sure if it makes real world sense. "Money is focused on" also makes grammatical sense, but I am even less sure that it makes real world sense.

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    Re: Passive voice

    Many students are tasked with making very unnatural passive voice sentences. There is a place in this language for the passive voice but it is used far less frequently than some teachers and some textbooks 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: Passive voice

    how about following sentence,sir?

    I only concentrate on verbal communication.

    Only verbal communication is concentrated on.

    is this correct in academic writing?

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    #5

    Re: Passive voice

    As a stand-alone sentence, the second is not natural.

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    #6

    Re: Passive voice

    As you were told earlier, passive voice is not something that one just creates by formula.

    Consider the following: My dog killed the neighbor's cat. That focuses on "my dog". We can put that in passive voice: The neighbor's cat was killed by my dog. Now the focus is more on the cat.

    To use your latest examples: My speech course concentrates only on verbal communication. In the passive voice: Only verbal communication is concentrated on in my speech course. Do you see the change of focus?

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    Re: Passive voice

    In any case, if you want to make those sentences passive, you'd have to write:
    "Money is focused on by me."
    "Only verbal communication is concentrated on by me" - which are very silly sentences. If you don't put "by me", then you are losing information from the original.

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    Re: Passive voice

    If your focus really is on verbal communication (or communication of any kind in English), forget about the passive voice for now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Passive voice

    Thank you for your clear explanation which has helped clear my doubt. thank you again.

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    #10

    Re: Passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by Kana1919 View Post
    Thank you for your clear explanation which has helped clear my doubt. Thank you again.
    There is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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