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    Question why is 'reunite' in passive voice?

    Hello! I don't understand why 'reunite' is in passive voice. I would use in active voice. Could you explain to me? Thank you!

    Mia survived and has since moved to Australia with her mother, who has remarried.
    But Hogan is determined to be reunited with his daughter. In court last month he said: 'I must be there for her - strong and healthy.'
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    Re: why is 'reunite' in passive voice?

    "Reunite" has one subject (the person responsible for arranging the reunion) and two or more objects: S reunites O1 with O2. The father, in this case wants to be O1, with his daughter as O2. Neither of them is S.

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    PS That answer felt quite clear when I thought of it, but isn't so clear now I see it in black and white. I hope it helps.
    Last edited by BobK; 10-Jun-2009 at 14:28. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: why is 'reunite' in passive voice?

    Hi BobK,

    Thank you very much for your answer. I think I understand it. I didn't think about that someone is responsible for the reunion between the father and the daughter.

    Have a good day!

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