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    Smile unravel ( passive or active voice)

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    3 [I; T usually passive] If a process or achievement that was slow and complicated unravels or is unravelled, it is destroyed:
    As talks between the leaders broke down, several months of careful diplomacy were unravelled.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Hi! The quoted is from Cambridge Dictionary about the definition of unravel. I wonder whether I can use "unravel" in both active and passive voices if the subject is things.

    Many thanks!

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    Re: unravel ( passive or active voice)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Hi! The quoted is from Cambridge Dictionary about the definition of unravel. I wonder whether I can use "unravel" in both active and passive voices if the subject is things.

    Many thanks!
    Yes, things can unravel, or they can be unravelled by something else.
    Cambridge gives both active and passive uses.

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    Smile Re: unravel ( passive or active voice)

    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you for your reply. Could you illustrate how I should use the active and passive voices if the subject is things.

    For example, can I use active voice of 'unravel' in the context below? Is it right?

    As talks between the leaders broke down, several months of careful diplomacy unravelled.

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    Re: unravel ( passive or active voice)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you for your reply. Could you illustrate how I should use the active and passive voices if the subject is things.

    For example, can I use active voice of 'unravel' in the context below? Is it right?

    As talks between the leaders broke down, Several months of careful diplomacy unravelled. (Active) Correct
    Several months of careful diplomacy were unravelled by the break down of the talks between the leaders. (passive)

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    Re: unravel ( passive or active voice)

    Thank you very much, Raymott.

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