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    changing into passive voice

    I am looking for someone to help me because one of students has asked before:
    They have a big villa.
    he wanted me to change it into the passive form. I was embarrassed at first then I decided to say have means possess or own then it was possible after changing have> but it is not convincing, I need ur help.

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    Re: changing into passive voice

    Your example sentence won't work in passive voice. Have is transitive, true, but it doesn't express an act.

    Active: They have a big villa.
    Passive: A big villa is had by them.

    Here's an example with have that works in passive voice,

    Active: All had a good time.
    Passive: A good time was had by all.

    Does that help?
    Last edited by BobK; 30-May-2007 at 12:48.

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