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    #1

    fun to learn and learning is fun

    I am somewhat confused with active and passive voice.

    Is this sentence active voice?
    - It is fun to learn English

    Is this sentence passive voice?
    - Learning English is fun

    What is the key to differentiating between active and passive voice?

    Thank you!

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    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    I consider both 'to learn' and 'learning' active, but I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 17-Jul-2015 at 12:40.

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    #3

    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    Thank you, Matthew! May I know how to rephrase it in passive voice?

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    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    I consider 'to be learnt' and 'being learnt' passive, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    There is no natural-sounding passive voice version, nor, as I see it, any reason to try to create one.

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    #6

    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    Are the following natural-sounding?

    'The language to be learnt by all is English.'
    'The language being learnt is English.'

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    They're not passive!

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    #8

    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    The sentences are not passive, but are the phrases 'to be learnt' and 'being learnt' passive?

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    #9

    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    ... are the phrases 'to be learnt' and 'being learnt' passive?
    Yes, they can be considered as passive non-finite verb phrases.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The sentences are not passive ...
    Correct! The finite verbs in those sentences are in the active voice.

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    Re: fun to learn and learning is fun

    Gosh! I'm confused.......There is so much that I don't know

    I thought these examples brought up by Matthew were passive....

    - 'The language to be learnt by all is English.'

    - 'The language being learnt is English.'
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 21-Jul-2015 at 09:16. Reason: Left out some questions and typo error

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