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    hatgray is offline Member
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    The door is opened by him.

    Is it correct to say,

    "The door is opened by him"

    For example
    Ben: Who opens the door everyday?
    Amy: The door is opened by him.

    Thanks.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    It's grammatical, but a more natural answer is 'Mustapha' or 'The guy with the bunch of keys'.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    I cannot find the word "Mustapha" anywhere.
    Is that a word in a dictionary?
    Last edited by hatgray; 18-Sep-2017 at 09:20.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    No — it's the name of the guy who does it whose name I plucked out of thin air. I might also have chosen 'Donald', 'Ali', 'Pedro', 'Imran' etc.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    The question should be Who opens the door every day?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    but a more natural answer is 'Mustapha'
    It is an Arabic name, but it is a very common name given to boys in Iran. It is also spelled as "Mostapha" in Iran.
    Last edited by ambitious-girl; 20-Sep-2017 at 07:38.
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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    Is it correct to say,

    "The door is opened by him"

    For example
    Ben: Who opens the door everyday?
    Amy: The door is opened by him.
    It is not natural because the question is about the person who opens the door, not the door, so the active sounds much better than the passive:

    Bill. (short answer)
    Bill opens the door.

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    Re: The door is opened by him.

    or
    Bill does.

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