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    #1

    This comic book has already sold.

    1. This comic book has already sold.
    2. This comic book has already been sold.
    A Taiwanese teacher of English says that #1 is more common than #2, but I think only #2 is acceptable. Could any native speakers of English tell me if I am right, please?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    I remember there was a similar thread about "house which sell" and "houses which are sold". The native speakers seemed to favour the former.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    The similar thread is at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...ells-very-well
    Three non-native speakers (tzfujimino, tedmc and Matthew) did not like 'Something sold yesterday'.

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    #4

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
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    Three non-native speakers (tzfujimino, tedmc and Matthew) did not like 'Something sold yesterday'.
    And those native speakers and people who know something about English today said that it was natural and normal.

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    #5

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    And those native speakers and people who know something about English today said that it was natural and normal.
    Did you mean #1 (This comic book has already sold.) was natural and normal?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #6

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    Yes.

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    #7

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes.
    What about no.2?
    Is it correct? and natural and normal?

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    #8

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    I think it is, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    #2 is the only one I would use in this context.

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    #10

    Re: This comic book has already sold.

    Given the above post, I think the following might be true, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Maybe many ordinary people might be more comfortable with the good old-fashioned formal passive.

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