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    • Join Date: Feb 2007
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    #1

    "...by underpaid workers"

    Sorry, suffering from a mental block with this one and just need to doublecheck.

    In a sentence like "The clothes were made in a factory by underpaid workers" how would you categorise the "by..." part?

    Is it an adverbial phrase?

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    #2

    Re: "...by underpaid workers"

    Welcome, merkatron.

    The verb "were made" is in the passive voice because the action was performed on the subject ("clothes"). "underpaid workers" is the object of the preposition "by" and together they form a prepositional phrase that modifies the verb "were made." That prepositional phrase acts as an adverb to describe by whom the clothes were made.

    Learn more about passive voice here.

    All the best.


    • Join Date: Feb 2007
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    #3

    Re: "...by underpaid workers"

    Cool. Thanks very much for that explanation.


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    #4

    Re: "...by underpaid workers"

    You're most welcome.

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