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    descriptive grammar of english

    what it is : cardinal vowel chart , secendary vowel chart and ideal

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    Unhappy Re: descriptive grammar of english

    hello all
    I would like to ask a small question..
    why cant I change a sentence like:
    Both her children have malaria.
    To passive?

    Thank you,

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    Re: descriptive grammar of english

    Generally, a passive-voice sentence is one where the direct object replaces the subject, an action verb is replaced by a perfect-tense construction, and the subject is put into a prepositional phrase.

    The dog bit the postman. (active voice)

    The postman was bitten by the dog. (passive voice)

    Your sentence does not contain an action verb or direct object. You could say, "Malaria is affecting both her children," but this is not passive voice.

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    Re: descriptive grammar of english

    Quote Originally Posted by fs1002 View Post
    hello all
    I would like to ask a small question..
    why cant I change a sentence like:
    Both her children have malaria.
    To passive?

    Thank you,
    Methinks you can.

    Both her children have been infected with malaria.

    Both her children were infected with malaria.

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