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    #1

    repelled by

    Hello, everybody!
    Could you help me with this one?
    I'm having a hard time using verb repel in the passive voice. Are these examples possible along with their meaning?

    1. People are repelled by your behaviour - your behaviour is so horrible, that it makes people stay away from you.
    2. Your behaviour is repelled by people - your behaviour may be Ok, but still people are disgusted by your behaviour and reject it.

    *If there are any punctuation or other mistakes, please, correct me, I'll be glad to learn.

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    #2

    Re: repelled by

    1 is correct. 2 is not correct.

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    #3

    Re: repelled by

    2. "Your behaviour is repellent to people."

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    #4

    Re: repelled by

    Let me clarify one more point. What if I say:

    You are repelled by people.

    Will it be correct and if yes, what will be the meaning of it?

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    #5

    Re: repelled by

    Yes, that could be correct, but it means the opposite of your original idea in sentence 1.
    Repel means the opposite of attract.
    "You are repelled" means you are pushed away. It's an unusual phrase to use. It would mean something like, "You are a person who dislikes humans in general and you keep away from as many people as possible."

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