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    Passive voice of "continue to do"

    Here is a sentence:
    They continued to administer the drug for another month.

    I need to make it passive voice without omitting words "administer" and "continue."
    I came up with the following sentences and would like to ask you which one is wrong or sounds more natural. Thank you.

    (a) Administration of the drug was continued for another month.
    (b) The drug was administered continuously for another month.
    (c) The drug continued to be administered for another month.
    (d) The drug was continued to be administered for another month.

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    #2

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    Welcome to the forum,azami.

    This looks like homework, which we don't do.

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    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    Hello, Rover_KE.
    I'm sorry I didn't know how to ask teachers. This is not homework but related to my job. I often need to do this kind of medical translation and always wonder which expression is best.
    But anyway, thank you for your time. I'll find someone to ask.
    Last edited by azami1986; 04-Aug-2015 at 22:43.

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    #4

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    Fair enough.

    (a) and (b) sound the most natural to me.

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    #5

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    I agree with Rover. D would also work, but I like the other two better.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Aug-2015 at 22:57. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    #6

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    (d) sounds most unnatural to me. It's the administration of the drug that was continued, not 'the drug was continued to be administered'.

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    #7

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    (d) looks ungrammatical to me. Is it grammatical?

    (Edit) Mike might have meant (c).
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 05-Aug-2015 at 08:40.

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    #8

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    I think the active form of (d) is 'Someone continued the drug to be administered...', which seems incorrect to me, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    I can't accept (c) or (d) at all.

    Even if they're grammatical, they're ugly and inelegant.

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    #10

    Re: Passive voice of "continue to do"

    I like C. B is wrong - you can continue to do something without doing it continuously. "I will continue to answer posts here" doesn't mean that I will sit here continuously doing it.
    C might be inelegant, but the rules of the puzzle constrain the possible answers. Also, I don't have a problem with the construction "She continued to be abused"; "The law continued to be broken"; "The drug continued to be administered". Maybe it's more common in AusE than elsewhere.

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