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    transformation passive form

    Hi
    I'll show you a sentence with active voice.
    'I told him that he should speak more politely.'
    This can be changed like 'He was told that he should speak more politely (by me).' in passive form.
    Then, can it be changed to 'It was told to him that he should speak more politely (by me)'?
    If so, what is the syntatic difference between two?

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    Re: transformation passive form

    This is just another example of a perfectly good active sentence which doesn't need to be changed to the passive. It's the type of exercise students are given frequently and pointlessly. Why do you want to change your sentence into the passive?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: transformation passive form

    I asked because I just want to know whether these passive forms are grammtically right or not, so I can use various expressions.

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    Re: transformation passive form

    Grammatically, the sentence is correct but it's not natural and you won't hear it from native speakers. That's the problem with many passive sentences. We just don't use them as often as students (and some teachers) seem to think we do.

    There's nothing wrong with "He was told to speak more politely" but it becomes unnatural when you start trying to add in "by me". That's when we would simply use the active "I told him ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: transformation passive form

    It was told to him that he should speak more politely (by me)
    If you used by me, the sentence would be terrible. However, it is not a very good sentence without it. The He was told version without by me is far more natural if you want to use the passive.

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