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    Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Hi!
    I have always wondered why there are transitive verbs that do not passivize. I have collected few of them such as: survive- run out of - lack- resemble - have - get - possess - want [usually] -meet - mind - fit - flee.
    I have also wondered why a verb cannot be passivized while a synonymous or partly synonymous one can be: like "have" and "own"، "grt" and "obtain"، "survive" and "avoid"، "meet" [by chance] and "run into" etc.
    Can you help me to understand this linguistic phenomenon?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Oh, this is the first question I post and no one answers it. Is anything wrong with it?
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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    No. I have nothing useful to contribute. Others may feel the same; some may not be interested in this topic.

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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Quite a few of your examples are wrong.
    "Hey, you've been had!"; "She was possessed by a demon."; "My car was fit with a new muffler."
    It should be easy to understand. If something can't be done to something, it can't be expressed in the passive. Often it depends on the circumstances, the tense of the verb, the special meaning that the verb takes, and other factors.

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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "My car was fit with a new muffler."
    BrE: My car was fitted with a new ​silencer.

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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    You can say either here in Aus.

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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. I have nothing useful to contribute. Others may feel the same; some may not be interested in this topic.
    Just give it a try.
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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    BrE: My car was fitted with a new ​silencer.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can say either here in Aus.
    Aussie English is flexible here. AmE only allows fitted and muffler​ -- though "My car got a new muffler" would be more natural.
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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Perhaps you'll get some responses if you write sample sentences demonstrating why you think the passive is not possible for the verbs you've listed.
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    Re: Special collection of verbs that don't passivize.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Quite a few of your examples are wrong.
    "Hey, you've been had!"; "She was possessed by a demon."; "My car was fit with a new muffler."
    It should be easy to understand. If something can't be done to something, it can't be expressed in the passive. Often it depends on the circumstances, the tense of the verb, the special meaning that the verb takes, and other factors.
    They are not wrong.
    "Have" when it refers to possession, It cannot be passivized. When it means "trick" it can be passivized.
    "possess" when it refers to possession, It It cannot be passivized. When it means that an evil spirit controlled lonesome, It can be passivized.
    "fit" when it means "suit" it cannot be passivized.
    I am not a teacher, but you can trust my answers only if you feel convinced. If not, keep asking till you finally find what you want *The Truth*.

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