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    How do I change it to an active voice?

    Can you tell me how I can chage the following sentence to an active voice?

    French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well.


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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    Can you tell me how I can chage the following sentence to an active voice?

    French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well.
    People/They say that French face-transplant recipient is doing well.

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    And, if you want to suggest some doubt about the report:

    Allegedly/Supposedly the French face-transplant recipient is doing well.

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Thank you for your help.

    I was looking for some other explanation.

    Let me explain what I am looking for with a rather long statement.

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     I saw him speak to my dad. He was seen to speak to my dad.
    In the above example, one can clearly see the close and predictable fomula or relationship between the respective active and passive voice.

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    French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well. People/They say that French face-transplant recipient is doing well.
    But I do not see such a pattern or fomular here.

    Do you have any simpler answer to my question?


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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Then, I reckon that Bob's version is what you want.

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    I must have difficulty explaining my question.

    Code:
    He is told to speak to his dad. Someone told him to speak to his dad.
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    You believe him to be an honest person. He is belived to be an honest person by you.
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    [They say him to work hard.] He is said to work too hard by them.
    [They say him to work hard.] <<<--- This does not look right. How do I convert the passive form (He is said to work hard by them) to something close to 'They say him to work hard'?

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Passive: He was seen (by me) to speak to my dad.
    The pronoun "He" is the subject, the pronoun "me" is attached to a by-phase.

    Active: I saw him speak to my dad.
    The by-phrase carries the subject. So, "me" becomes the pronoun "I" (the subject), and "He" becomes the pronoun "him" (the object). The verb "was seen" becomes active "saw", and "to speak to my dad" becomes "speak to my dad".

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    Passive: French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well.
    There isn't a by-phrase. We don't know who the subject is. So, we make one. Use generic "They" or "People", even "Reports".

    Active: Reports say French face-transplant recipient is doing well.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Try,

    They say he works hard.
    He is said to work hard.

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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    ...
    Code:
    [They say him to work hard.] He is said to work too hard by them.
    [They say him to work hard.] <<<--- This does not look right. How do I convert the passive form (He is said to work hard by them) to something close to 'They say him to work hard'?
    This works in Latin (the 'prolate' infinitive), and presumably other languages, but you can't do it in English. Cas's post suggests permissible alternatives in English.

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    Presumably because of the Latin, some people with a classical education do say things like 'Do you think me to be stupid?'. But it's not common and sounds rather stilted.


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    Re: How do I change it to an active voice?

    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    [They say him to work hard.] <<<--- This does not look right. How do I convert the passive form (He is said to work hard by them) to something close to 'They say him to work hard'?
    Casiopea and Bob have chipped in to clear it up, and if you still do get it, here is a concise version.

    It dawns on me that I know what you mean and how to explain it in an easy way.

    Your original active-voice sentence should go like this:

    1. People say that French face-transplant recipient is doing well.

    If we change sentence 1 into a passive-voice, we'd derive this:

    2. That French face-transplant recipient is doing well is said by people.

    Sentence 2 is grammatically correct, but it's awkward or stilted in that it has a long heavy subject, and a short light predicate. Therefore, we change it again with the help of a false or dummy subject "it." We get:

    3. It is said (by people) that French face-transplant recipient is doing well.

    Sentence 3 can be further abbreviated as follows:

    4. French face-transplant recipient is said to be doing well.

    Well, I hate to admit this, but it turns out to be more complicated than other experts' versions.

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