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    The bush was nor ordered to be replaced

    Hello once more.

    The active voice.

    The owner did not order the bush to be replaced or the owner did not order that the bush (should) be replaced or the owner did not place an order for the replacement of the bush.

    Could all these three sentences be expressed in the passive voice as "The bush was not ordered to be replaced"?

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    Re: The bush was nor ordered to be replaced

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello once more. Unnecessary.

    The active voice.

    "The owner did not order the bush to be replaced" or "The owner did not order that the bush (should) be replaced" or "The owner did not place an order for the replacement of the bush."

    Could all these three sentences be expressed in the passive voice as "The bush was not ordered to be replaced"?

    Thank you.
    Note my changes above. Don't just write strings of words connected with "or". You need to mark out the phrases/sentences you are querying in some way. I have put them in quotation marks to make it clear that they are the three sentences you want us to consider.

    Technically, your passive version is correct but it's unnatural. It's also unclear - when we hear "The bush was not ordered to ...", it sounds as if no one told the bush to do something.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The bush was nor ordered to be replaced

    How would you write it?

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    Re: The bush was nor ordered to be replaced

    The order was "don't replace the bush."
    If you MUST make the bush the subject of the sentence (When you say "How would you write it?" the answer is "We wouldn't write it in the passive!") you could say something like "The bush was not to be replaced, by the order of the owner."

    When you say "the bush was not ordered to be replaced" it sounds like it was ordered, but replacement was not the reason.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Sep-2015 at 20:52. Reason: Fixed minor typo
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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