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    passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    Hello all.

    Am I right that the sentences I give below do not have to include "being"?

    A new balls are delivered every month.

    Every year a new house is built in our small town. There already live too many people so we can hardly know each other very well.

    All those topics are discussed by politics but I think it's just waste of time. They should do something more useful than discuss the same topics over and over again.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    Hello all.

    Am I right that the sentences I give have written below do not have to include "being"?

    A New balls are delivered every month.

    Every year a new house is built in our small town. There already live Too many people live there already so we can't hardly get to know each other very well.

    All those topics are discussed by politics politicians but I think it's just a waste of time. They should do something more useful than discuss the same topics over and over again.

    Thanks a lot
    You are right that none of them needs any form of "being". However, please note my corrections, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    Thank you very much.

    Is it really a mistake to write: "sentences I give below..." ? I have seen it many times from native speakers!

    If I wrote: There live too many people so we hardly can know each other very well - would that be acceptable?

    But back to the main question.

    I have found this sentnece in my textbook.

    - A new house is built in our street.

    I would prefer to say :

    1) A new house has been built in our street
    2) A new house is being built in our street.

    Or: The most historical building is built in our town.

    But the original sentence sound strange to me.

    How do you feel about the original sentence and my examples?

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    Re: passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    Thank you very much.

    Is it really a mistake to write: "sentences I give below..." ? I have seen it many times from native speakers!l
    It's extremely unnatural for me. I might write something like "I have given you some example sentences below".

    If I wrote: There live too many people so we hardly can know each other very well - would that be acceptable?
    It wouldn't be acceptable to me, no. "There live ..." is unnatural. Using "too" doesn't work with the rest of your sentence and "we hardly can know each other well" uses poor word positioning and is an unnatural way of saying it.

    But back to the main question.

    I have found this sentence in my textbook.

    - A new house is built in our street.
    Which textbook is this from? It's unnatural to use "is built" here. It's fine if followed by "each week/every month etc".

    I would prefer to say :

    1) A new house has been built in our street. (The house has been finished.)
    2) A new house is being built in our street. (Construction of the house is still in progress.)

    Or: The most historical building is built in our town.
    This is unnatural. If it's a historical building, it was built a long time ago. You could say "The most historical building in the country is in our town".

    But the original sentence sounds strange to me.

    How do you feel about the original sentence and my examples?
    The fact that I changed/corrected them all should give you a clue as to how I feel about them.
    See my comments above, in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    Or: The most historical building is built in our town.
    This is unnatural. If it's a historical building, it was built a long time ago. You could say "The most historical building in the country is in our town".

    I wanted to say that the building was built but e.g. it has not been destroyed yet - therefore I used "is built" - you still can go and visit that building if you want.

    Similar sentence would be: The record is set really high but it doesn´t mean that there won´t be a player....



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    Re: passive- are these sentences ok without using the word "being"?

    If you want to make it clear that a building has not been destroyed and can be visited, you could say something like "A historically important building still stands in our town".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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