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  1. Chris Kim
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    Talking Using passive form

    Dear Sir,

    I am confusing when using English with passive forms.

    So that, If I need to use them, I usually make various sentences and choose a right one which feel correct to me.

    Here's sample;

    Allows you to choose a notification option for how you are notified when receive messages.

    Allows you to choose an option how you are notified when receive messages.

    Allows you to choose how you are notified when you receive messages.

    Allows you to choose a notification option for how to be notified when you receive messages.

    Could you kindly explain which one is the best and differences.
    In those sentences, I feel that the first one is correct.

    Best Regards,
    Chris.


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    #2

    Re: Using passive form

    No doubt about it:

    Allows you to choose how you are notified when you receive messages.

    Notice the repetition of 'notification' /'notified in the first.

    The second, with the necessary corrections, Allows you to choose an option as to how you are notified when you receive messages., is a little long and clumsy.

    As for the fourth ! "notification option" takes a moment or two to decipher (and pity the non-native speaker!); and then the repetition, with 'notified'
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Mar-2009 at 03:55.


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    Smile Re: Using passive form

    Thank you for your revision. That's really helpful.

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