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    Cool Passive form related

    I have a question:

    1) I was bitten by a dog three days ago.

    2) I was bitten three days ago by a dog.

    3) It was invented in 1896 by someone.

    4) It was invented by someone in 1896.

    Do all of the above seem correct to you?


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    Re: Passive form related

    Yes - but which form a speaker would use depends on the conversation:
    I was bitten by a dog three days ago.
    I am emphasizing that some dog bit me, and then say when.
    2) I was bitten three days ago by a dog.
    Here, the speaker is emphasizing the time component. So, in real life, he might actually say, "
    I was bitten three days ago by a dog, yesterday a cat scratches me, (=use of historical present) today I nearly got kicked by a horse. I'm not paranoid. People love me. It's the rest of the animal kingdom that's out to get me!

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    Say I've gone to the doctor with the bite wounds. I'm showing him the wounds, and he asks me, how did I get the wounds. I might reply:
    I was bitten three days ago by a dog in our street, and the puncture holes seem to be infected.
    Here I am emphasizing that they are an animal's bite, and that they occurred three days ago which is important for the doctor in terms of the progress or not of healing - maybe bite wounds look like that after three days and it's just part of the healing process - the doctor will know and be able to judge.
    Last edited by David L.; 27-May-2008 at 11:25.

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    Re: Passive form related

    I have a question:

    1) I was bitten by a dog three days ago.-correct

    2) I was bitten three days ago by a dog.-incorrect

    3) It was invented in 1896 by someone.-correct

    4) It was invented by someone in 1896.-incorrect


    Do all of the above seem correct to you?

    All qualifying words and phrases should be placed near to the words to which they refer.


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    Re: Passive form related

    It was invented in 1896 by someone.

    The Whizzbanger was invented in 1896 by a man called Smith, long before the Whazzbinger in France in 1910, so he should be given credit for inventing Prototopathy.

    (Nonsense words being used in teh above.)

    It was invented by someone in 1896.
    It was invented by Smith in 1896.
    It was invented by someone or other in 1896 - was it Jones?..or Smith?...some common name.

    There is a lot of difference between bald, short sentences, and the context in which they are used. To say two of the sentences are wrong is misleading.
    Last edited by David L.; 27-May-2008 at 11:27.

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