Student or Learner
How is actually the passive voice of these 3 sentences? :
- He is having the workers install the pool
- MY uncle was used to smoking a number of cigarettes
- Why don't you tell me those?
Those 3 sentences make me really confused..
hmm, thank you so much for your reply..
The workers are being called in/required to install the pool. (You're right to be uncertain about your second version, Harry. ) Your teacher may not accept this, jaL_16, as I've supplied a new verb; but my reason for doing that is that you can't put 'have' into the passive in this context: 'the workers are being had to install the pool' is just wrong.
The uncle/cigarettes one is very odd; if you wanted to make the cigarettes the subject of a sentence, you'd normally say something like '20 cigarettes was my uncle's daily quota.' But there's no passive there. Harry's version (without the cut&paste typo - no 'were') is acceptable (although it's very odd - because you normally wouldn't use a passive at all).
Harry's version of 3 is good; At a first reading, I couldn't make any sense of the original - the verb is in a confusing tense (Harry's made it past, which makes sense).