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    #1

    Reducing be verbs

    Hello.

    In the following examples below,Can I omit the be verb "Is and" was".

    The turban is used to describe a male and female scarf that covers their hair.


    The turban used to describe a male and female scarf that covers their hair.


    The car was destroyed by the hurricane.


    The car destroyed by the hurricane.

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    #2

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post

    In the following examples below, can I omit the be verbs "is" and "was"?
    Most definitely not!

    What makes you think you can?

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    #3

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    I think we can omit verb to be after the main subject and places it somewhere in a sentence.



    1-The book which was published last night was great.

    2-The book published last night was great.


    3-The car was destroyed by the hurricane. I think this sentence is correct.


    4-The car destroyed by the hurricane was found in xxxx village.

    Is there a way to omit a present passive?
    Last edited by mrmvp; 30-Nov-2019 at 18:39.

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    #4

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    You don't have to move the "to be" form to somewhere else in the sentence. You can use a different verb but you have to use a different word order.

    The book which was published last year has sold a million copies.
    The book published last year has sold a million copies.

    The word "turban", used to describe a scarf that covers men's and women's hair, appeared in the article 37 times.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    I think we can omit verb to be after the main subject and places it somewhere in a sentence.
    No, that's not right.

    1-The book which was published last night was great.

    2-The book published last night was great.
    The two red words here are not the same verb. You haven't moved anything anywhere. All you've done is remove which was.

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    #6

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Do you want to take another shot at your definition of a turban?
    Not a professional teacher

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    #7

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Are these sentences grammatical?

    1-The boy was taken to hospital last night has been recovered. (I used "has" as an auxiliary verb, I think.

    2-The match canceled last night will be postponed two weeks.( I used "will" a modal verb)

    3- The footage circulated on social media is watched by millions. ( I used present passive)

    Is there a way to reduce present passive?

    Are the two sentences below grammatical?

    1-Rice which is made in India is often exported to many Arab countries.

    2-Rice made in India is often exported to many Arab countries.
    Last edited by mrmvp; 01-Dec-2019 at 13:56.

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    #8

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    For the first one, try:

    The boy was taken to hospital last night and is being treated by the doctors there.
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    #9

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Try:

    The story circulating on social media has been seen by millions.
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    #10

    Re: Reducing be verbs

    Why are "has" in sentence one and "circulated" in sentence two are Incorrect?

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