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    #1

    "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    If I want to change this sentence into passive where would be the correct position of the adverb phrase each year ?


    1. "Millions of cars are sold by mercedes each year." OR

    2. "Millions of cars ar sold each year by Mercedes." ?


    I would say that the first version is the correct one. Am I right?

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    Neither sentence is correct. The name of the company is Mercedes-Benz. The position of "each year" makes no difference. In the second, "ar" should be "are".

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    #3

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    Yes.

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    #4

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    The active strikes me as a more natural sentence- is there any real reason for this being in the passive?

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    #5

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The name of the company is Mercedes-Benz.
    In BrE, Mercedes would be OK in most contexts, as long as it had the capital letter.

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    #6

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    It is OK to use a shortcut for the car, but not the company, in my opinion.

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    #7

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is OK to use a shortcut for the car, but not the company, in my opinion.
    It is fine in BrE, as Tdol said. The editors of these British newspapers agree:

    Daily Star: MERCEDES have sold more than one million C-Class motors since the latest model went on sale here in March 2007.

    Daily Mirror: Mercedes have sold 128,000 Sprinters in Britain during the past decade.


    The Courrier: Apparently Mercedes have sold 100 of them in the last month

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    #8

    Re: "Mercedes sells millions of cars each year."

    That's fine.

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