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    • Join Date: Jul 2004
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    #1

    passive

    a. I am determined to do sth.
    b. Please be seated .

    so,here come 3 questions:

    1.Both of the verbs above need to be changed into a passive form,while they don't involve any passive meaning,right?

    2.in the example b, is "determined" a past participle,an adjective ,or a past participle functioning as an adjective ?

    3.Also,is there any other examples of verb which are similar to them ?


    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #2

    Re: passive

    Hi, Alan,

    1. Yes.
    2. A past participle functioning as an adjective.
    3. Are you confused with these questions? I hope you are pleased with the answer.


    Be seated. Okay, I can't think of any off the top of my head now. Maybe someone would help more with this.



    Best Regards,
    Blacknomi


    • Join Date: Jul 2004
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    #3

    Re: passive

    hihi,long time no see.

    i still have a question ,it is about when to use "increases" or "is increased".

    for example ,i am saying a rate,such as tax ,unemployment or whatsoever,

    ..
    some say "is increased" is used because the rate is not a living things,its increase is due to sth ,while the others say "increases" should be used .

    for example,
    1.As the interest rate _____, ...........

    should we fill "increased" or "was increased"?
    the tense is not important here,what i wanna know is that should we use passive voice here ?


    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #4

    Re: passive

    Hi again,

    I think both are accpetable. With the active voice, it would focus more on the "theme" itself, which is "the rate" that does the action, "increase." When an active structure is transferred to a passive one, the foucs changes as well. It, somehow, implies that the rate, yes what you said not the living thing, so it would be logical to use a passive form here to mean it is increased by people or other economic factors. I would also think it a past participle functioning as an adjective, the rate is increased.

    the rate[action doer] increases
    the rate[event] is increased


    FYI
    the rate increases
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...e+increases%22

    the rate is increased
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...s+increased%22


    I hope this helps.

    Blacknomi


    • Join Date: Jul 2004
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    #5

    Re: passive

    thanks for ur help

    I do think they are both acceptable too.
    if anybody has different ideas,please tell me

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