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    Passive form

    Hi !
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    Why didn't they give him the machine?
    Can you please tell me which one is the correct passive form of the above sentence? I am confused!.
    1. Why was the machine not given to him.?
    2. Why wasn't given the machine to him.?
    3. why wasn't he given it ?
    Last edited by moniza; 29-Nov-2007 at 09:12.

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    Question Re: Passive form

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    Hi !
    Good morning!
    Why didn't they give him the machine?
    Can you please tell me which one is the correct passive form of the above sentence? I am confused!.
    1. Why was the machine not given to him.?
    2. Why wasn't given the machine to him.?
    3. why wasn't he given it ?


    1. Why was the machine not given to him.? (correct)
    2. Why wasn't the machine given to him.? (now correct)or "Why was the machine not given to him?"
    3. why wasn't he given the machine? (now correct) or "Why was he not given the machine?"
    Hope this helps.
    Regards!

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    Re: Passive form

    In actual use, avoid the passive whenever you can.
    Active verbs are clearer, more direct.

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    Re: Passive form

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    In actual use, avoid the passive whenever you can.
    Active verbs are clearer, more direct.
    This is true in literary English. But very often, in news articles, accident reports, technical documentation and so on, the passive is used whenever the identity of the agent is either unknown or unimportant.

    "Somebody had shot Mr Jones." -> Murder mystery novel
    "Mr Jones had been shot." -> Newspaper report

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    Re: Passive form

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    1. Why was the machine not given to him.? (correct)
    2. Why wasn't the machine given to him.? (now correct)or "Why was the machine not given to him?"
    3. why wasn't he given the machine? (now correct) or "Why was he not given the machine?"
    Hope this helps.
    Regards!
    dawoodusmani
    Thank you very much for the reply. it's great.
    Regards
    Moniza

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