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  1. #1
    Anonymous Guest

    sentence structure

    What is grammatically wrong with this sentence: Robin forced the sheriff go.

  2. #2
    Resaw Guest


    Robin forced the sheriff go.
    I am not a teacher, but here's what I think. The active verb, "forced" (past tense), causes the passive verb, "go" to be an infinitive. Therefore, you must use the infinitive form, "to go".

    The correct version would be, "Robin forced the sheriff to go."

    Some other verbs in infinitive form:
    - to stand
    - to talk
    - to eat
    - to sing

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor,
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    Resaw is right about the correct version-
    "Robin forced the sheriff to go."

    We do use a full infinitive after 'force', regardless of tense. However, I wouldn't agree with calling 'go' a passive verb there.

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