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    Who was this play written by?

    Who was this play written by?

    This sentence sounds very unusual to me. It even took me some time to realise what its meaning was. How common are such passive voice questions? I mean questions with "by".
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: Who was this play written by?

    It can certainly work in the right context. Why do you find it so unusual?

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    Re: Who was this play written by?

    I don't know. Maybe because I can't remember I've ever heard or seen such structures written. And also maybe because it would be so familiar to me in the active form (Who wrote this play?).
    Last edited by GeneD; 27-Sep-2017 at 21:17.
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    Re: Who was this play written by?

    There is nothing wrong with the passive version but I would normally expect to see "Who wrote this play?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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