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    #1

    "You will be collected by me from school"

    I know that passives shouldn't be used so often but it is about an exercise.
    The active voice is: "I will collect you from school".
    The position of the by-agent ist still not clear to me.

    Which of the following passives is correct?:

    1 You will be collected by me from school.
    2 You will be collected from school by me.

    Could someone be so kind as to explain it to me

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    They are both grammatical. The second is better, in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    Thanks.
    It is still a grey zone, isn't it?
    On the one hand I could say that it is necessary to immediately say by whom [You will be collected by m...], but on the other hand one could assert that it is necessary to immediately say from where instead [You will be collected from school...].

    But according to you they are both grammatical and there is no difference between them.
    Am I the only one who cosiders it a grey zone?
    Well, I am not a native speaker. This is also the reason why I do not have a natural feeling for it.

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    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    I wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about it.

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    #5

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    This is another example of a sentence a native speaker simply wouldn't put into the passive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    Yes, I know that passives are not used so oftern or at leas not in such cases. It was simply an exercise.

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    #7

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    Quote Originally Posted by meraviglioso View Post
    It was simply an exercise.
    I see little point in theoretical exercises on structures that native speakers would not use.

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    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I see little point in theoretical exercises on structures that native speakers would not use.
    I agree, but try telling that to meraviglioso's teacher...

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    #9

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Meraviglioso:

    I am replying only to tell you that I think most Americans would find "to collect you" rather strange.

    Most Americans, I am sure, would say, "I will pick you up at school."

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    #10

    Re: "You will be collected by me from school"

    There's no "grey zone" Both sentences work.

    A: "Who will give me the answer, and when?"
    B: "You'll be given the answer tomorrow, by me".
    or "You'll be given the answer by me, tomorrow."
    They are either both black, or both white - no grey.

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