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    #1

    She has had tea

    Hi,

    She has had tea.

    Can I convert the above sentence into passive as:

    Tea has been had by her.

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    #2

    Re: She has had tea

    You can, but native speakers would never say that.

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    #3

    Re: She has had tea

    You could, but it's completely unnatural.

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    #4

    Re: She has had tea

    You could use the sentence as an example of why we don't convert every sentence to the passive that is technically possible, but other than that there really is no point in doing this.
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-Dec-2015 at 13:00. Reason: not point -> no point

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    Re: She has had tea

    Once again my imagination goes into overdrive!
    Tourists arrive at a posh hotel at 4.32pm and throw their luggage down in the lobby.
    "Great! Let's have some tea?"
    Butler: "I regret to say, Sir, that Tea has already been taken."

    You just have to picture the butler to see how unnatural the phrase would be,

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    #6

    Re: She has had tea

    I find the passive sounds less unnatural when talking about habitual actions, and when you're not specifying a person.

    "This is the Golden Teapot Tea Room. Tea has been drunk here for over three hundred years."
    "Regular tours of the palace have been conducted since it reopened in 2012."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: She has had tea

    Those work, but there is no reason to put the OP's sentence into the passive.

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    Re: She has had tea

    That was my point. So many of the active/passive exercises result in ludicrously unnatural sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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