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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    passive question

    hi, I want from any one to give me an answer to this question:

    change into passive the following:
    The ground stone.

    can any one help me with this please.


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    Re: passive question

    Hi, Tamero. There is something odd here. The words 'ground' and 'stone' are both verbs, and either of them could be used either actively or passively in sentences. However, 'The ground stone' is a nounal structure. 'Ground stone' would be a powder, a powder made by . . . grinding stone. You could generate sentences like, 'The ground powder didn't make my chocolate milkshake taste better,' or 'The ground powder was shovelled into bags by a group of workers.' The first sentence is in active voice; the second, passive.

    Try re-phrasing your question.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    #3

    Re: passive question

    What about, grounded stone?

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    Re: passive question

    First of all, thank you: Casiopea & Mark In Perth for your help

    Second, I was asked this question, I do not examin the users.

    I have an answer that i don't belive too much that it is correct, which is
    Stone is grounded by The

    I considered the definite article 'The' as it is someone's name
    Can this be correct????

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: passive question

    This is a passive sentence, yes:

    Ex: Stone is grounded by the...

    The word 'the' heads a noun phrase, possibly a person or a thing, like, say, the jeweler or the iceberg.

    All the best.


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    #6

    Re: passive question

    dear,


    According the simple grammatical rules we should have " a subject - a verb and an object to change the sentence into passive. Here, this phrase
    is quite different " The ground stone" Ground is an adjective which describes
    the stone . WHATEVER WE SAY " THE GROUNDED STONE " OR WHAT SOEVER
    " GROUNDED IS AN ADJECTIVE" Better to say "they grounded the stone."


    What do you think ?

    ANY COMMENTS WOULD BE WLCOMMED.
    with nice compliments.
    Saleemabu

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    Re: passive question

    Saleemabu, you're right. The ground stone is not in passive voice. Ground functions as adjective. The example, They grounded the stone is in active voice, not passive voice. Moreover, there's a difference in meaning between these two verbs, ground and grounded:

    #1 Present tense, grind; past tense, ground (to wear smooth)

    Active voice, present tense: They grind the stone.
    Active voice, past tense: They ground the stone.
    Passive voice, present tense: The stone is ground.
    Passive voice, past tense: The stone was ground.

    #2 Present tense, ground; past tense, grounded (to place on the ground)
    Active voice, present tense: They ground the stone.
    Active voice, past tense: They grounded the stone.
    Passive voice, present tense: The stone is grounded.
    Passive voice, past tense: The stone was grounded.

    All the best.
    Last edited by Casiopea; 24-Mar-2007 at 12:35.

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