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    Passive Voice

    Hi Friends,

    How are you? I am new here and am with a problem to share with you and looking forward to hearing from you.

    Although I am a teacher of English down here in Bangladesh, I have remained confused over the past several days as regards what should be the correct passive form of the following sentence:

    How dare you insult me?

    I could not solve the problem without making it double-passive and the replies that came from www.answer.yahoo.com left me hopeless. There were so many interpretations and the suggested answers varied so greatly that I was still more confused. However, one answer seemed acceptable to me:


    How dare I be insulted by you?

    Is it correct? Or what should the appropriate answer be?

    I hope you friends will help me out; and , don't forget to receive my heartfelt thanks in advance.

    Regards,

    Bokapookes


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    Re: Passive Voice

    the expression `how dare ..?` is followed by a subject verb clause with its verb in base form.so with the basic passive verb form `be pp`,it becomes `how dare I be insulted by you.`with the subject and objest shifted and the be pp form used.the `be` remained base form following the expession `how dare..?` needing a base form verb.


    hope this could help.

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    Red face Re: Passive Voice

    Quote Originally Posted by bokapookes View Post
    what should be the correct passive form of the following sentence:

    How dare you insult me?

    However, one answer seemed acceptable to me:

    How dare I be insulted by you?

    Bokapookes
    Hmm The problem here is the "How dare", which refers to the sublect - however, the subject is not "I", but "you". Therefore, "How dare I be insulted by you" is definitely not correct.

    "I am insulted by you" is perfectly acceptable

    "How dare you/he/she/it/they" is an indignant expression which we wouldn't use against ourselves. There are many instances where we have to reword when changing active to passive, particularly when using stative verbs.

    Is it necessary to retain the expression for the exercise you are doing?? If not, I would drop it.

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