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    Question The Passive

    Could anybody check these sentences?

    1 Was the match being reported in the news last night?
    2 Some films shouldn't be watched by children and they should only be showed on TV after ten o'clock.
    3 Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we're being watched!
    4 Will her new book be published soon?
    5 Is TV going to be replaced by the Internet in following decade?

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    Re: The Passive

    Hello 126,

    You're almost there here are some hints:

    1. Try a different preposition.
    2. Check your past participles.
    5. Check your choice of adjective and articles.

    Feel free to post up amended versions.

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.


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    Re: The Passive

    Thank you.
    I've found some mistakes. Are the sentences correct now?

    1 Was the match being reported in the news last night?
    2 Some films shouldn't be watched by children and they should only be shown on TV after ten o'clock.
    3 Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we're being watched!
    4 Will her new book be published soon?
    5 Is TV going to be replaced by the Internet in the upcoming decade?


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    Re: The Passive

    Could anybody check them?


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    Re: The Passive

    The errors still remaining are:

    5 Is TV going to be replaced by the Internet in the upcoming decade?
    'upcoming' has the sense of 'about to happen' and used when we are talking about some organized event eg the upcoming elections; the upcoming annual regatta at Henley.
    We would simply say, 'in the next decade', or 'over the next decade'.


    1 Was the match being reported in the news last night?
    We would say, 'in the news report, they showed film of the war in...", but 'on the news'.

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    Re: The Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Thank you.
    I've found some mistakes. Are the sentences correct now?

    1 Was the match being reported in the news last night?
    2 Some films shouldn't be watched by children and they should only be shown on TV after ten o'clock.
    Some films shouldn't be watched by children and should be shown on TV only after ten o' clock.
    3 Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we're being watched!
    Look at those men with dark glasses!
    4 Will her new book be published soon?
    5 Is TV going to be replaced by the Internet in the upcoming decade?
    Is TV going to be replaced by the Internet in the decade to come?
    WM


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    2 Some films shouldn't be watched by children and they should only be shown on TV after ten o'clock.
    Some films shouldn't be watched by children and should be shown on TV only after ten o' clock.
    I don't think it's a mistake - it's only different meaning.

    3 Look at those men in dark glasses! I think we're being watched!
    Look at those men with dark glasses!
    "In glasses" is correct.

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    Re: The Passive

    Let me change the topic.
    Please help me.
    1.those men in dark glasses
    those men with dark glasses
    2. those men in a red hat
    those men with a red hat
    3. those men in a blue shirt
    those men with a blue shirt
    4. those men in a blue tie
    those men with a blue tie
    Which sound right to a native speaker?


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    Re: The Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Let me change the topic.
    Please help me.
    1.those men in dark glasses
    those men with dark glasses
    2. those men in a red hat
    those men with a red hat
    3. those men in a blue shirt
    those men with a blue shirt
    4. those men in a blue tie
    those men with a blue tie
    Which sound right to a native speaker?

    In would have been my choice - it indicates they are wearing them which is important to know if you think you're being stalked XD.

    Please, correct me if i'm wrong.

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    Re: The Passive

    Can you recognize the man in dark glasses standing there?

    It should be 'in', not 'with' in this context.

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