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    Your post would read better

    In the thread below, post #5, Piscean said (sorry I don't know how say it as politely) :
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...t-ate-any-more.

    "I think your post would read better"

    I don't understand that.
    Is it passive or active? If it is active what is subject?

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    Re: Your post would read better

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    In the thread below, post #5, Piscean said (sorry I don't know how say it as politely) :
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...t-ate-any-more.

    "I think your post would read better"

    I don't understand that.
    Is it passive or active? If it is active what is the subject?
    It's in the passive voice. The post isn't doing the reading.

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    Re: Your post would read better

    It is not passive according to the following definition.

    '8 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to give a particular impression when read'—quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../read_1?q=read
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your post would read better

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It is not passive according to the following definition.

    '8 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to give a particular impression when read'—quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../read_1?q=read
    What is the subject, please?
    Last edited by moseen; 15-Oct-2017 at 20:14.

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    Re: Your post would read better

    'Your post' is the subject.
    Your post would give a better impression when it is read.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your post would read better

    Some might call it a syntactic middle voice: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/middle_voice

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    Re: Your post would read better

    Your post would read better. -
    People reading it would find the language flows better.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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