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    what is the passive voice of sit down


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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by dyanamite View Post
    what is the passive voice of sit down
    Passive verbs must all be transitive verbs (verbs that take objects) and "to sit down" is intransitive because you don't sit something, you simply sit down.
    If you want to include an object, then use the transitive verb SET.
    For Example:
    I set the book on the table.
    I= subject, set=verb, the book= object, on the table= prepositional phrase.

    English has many similar pairs of verbs. Raise-Rise; Lay-Lie, Hang-Hang, etc...
    Many of these pairs look very similar such as hang-hang but their past tense conjugations are different.
    Hang- Transitive
    I hang my clothes up every day.
    I hanged my clothes up yesterday.

    Hang- Intransitive
    The picture hangs on the wall.
    The picture hung on the wall.
    Hope that helps!
    Last edited by inkedpolyglot; 11-Sep-2008 at 19:29. Reason: clarification


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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by dyanamite View Post
    what is the passive voice of sit down
    Sit down is an imperative (verb phrase) so the passive voice isn't really logical.

    Sit down is a command - an expression of what a person wants or expects to be done, whereas the passive voice expresses what was/is/will be done to someone/something.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by dyanamite View Post
    what is the passive voice of sit down
    A passive sentence with "sit down" is possible.
    "The teacher matched the naughty boy into the room and sat him down"
    "He was marched into the room and sat down".

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