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    #1

    The porter will help you with your luggage

    I am still a bit confused with the position of the by-agent in the passive voice.

    Which of the following two passive constructions is correct?

    1. You will be helped with your luggage by the porter.

    2. You will be helped by the porter with your luggage.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: The porter will help you with your luggage

    If you must use a passive, use #1.

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    #3

    Re: The porter will help you with your luggage

    Does it mean that #2 is wrong or that #1 sounds better/more natural?

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    Re: The porter will help you with your luggage

    A passive is usually unnatural for simple, concrete things, particularly since agent is in fact named -- the porter. Number two is even worse than number one. Use the passive for science, e.g., "It is not known whether the species is purely nocturnal."

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    #5

    Re: The porter will help you with your luggage

    I know but it is ment as an exercise.

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    #6

    Re: The porter will help you with your luggage

    Quote Originally Posted by meraviglioso View Post
    I know, but it is meant as an exercise.
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