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    calls on

    Please check these 3 sentences.
    Syrian Foreign Minister calls on refugees to return home.
    Refugees are called on by the Syrian Foreign Minister to return home.
    Refugees are called on to return home by the Syrian Foreign Minister.

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    #2

    Re: calls on

    Quote Originally Posted by altiwife View Post
    Please check these 3 sentences.

    1. The Syrian Foreign Minister calls on refugees to return home.
    2. Refugees are called on by the Syrian Foreign Minister to return home.
    3. Refugees are called on to return home by the Syrian Foreign Minister.
    These "active to passive" exercises are often futile and result in unnatural sentences that no native speaker would ever use. This is one of those times. The only natural version is 1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

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    altiwife, why did you find it necessary to change #1 to the passive voice?

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    #4

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    @Hi Rover.
    emsr2d2 took the words out of my mouth. But these exercises weren't in vain. At least I know now that these are unnatural sentences.
    I didn't know that before.

    So thanks my dear friends.

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    #5

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    #2 and #3 sound like newspaper headlines.
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    #6

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    Newspaper headlines usually use as few words as possible so the first is still the more natural/likely.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: calls on

    It's too long. "Syrian Foreign Minister Asks Refugees to Return" would be more likely for a newspaper with a wordier style like the New York Times. "Syria Calls Refugees Home" would be a shorter version.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 31-Jan-2017 at 18:32. Reason: To fix a small typo.
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    #8

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    Hi guys, its me again.

    #1 was/is a newspaper headline. The original headline was: "Syrian Foreign Minister calls on refugees to return home."

    #2 and #3 are from me.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by altiwife View Post
    Hi guys, it's me again.

    #1 was/is a newspaper headline. The original headline was (no colon required here) "Syrian Foreign Minister calls on refugees to return home."

    #2 and #3 are from me.
    See my corrections above. As you now know, there was no need to change the original into the passive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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