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joham

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Only when you have been checked in, will you be allowed in.

This is a sentence from a test paper. I thought we should say 'only when you have checked in...' and the passive voice is wrongly used for this phrase. Am I right?

Thank you very much.
 

heidita

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Hi Joham, I believe this is rather a wrong use of the check in part. Really, if you think about it, we are checked in, and the luggage is checked in, unless we actually check in ourselves, which until quite recently has not been possible. We always were checked in by the company staff. However, we used to say: after I check in....

Of course, nowadays, the check in business is often done by the passenger himself.
 

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It is an acceptable passive. Someone else is checking you in - once you have been checked in, you can proceed.
 

riverkid

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Only when you have been checked in, will you be allowed in.

This is a sentence from a test paper. I thought we should say 'only when you have checked in...' and the passive voice is wrongly used for this phrase. Am I right?

Thank you very much.

With the heightened security that prevails at airports, the idea of allowing passengers to do anything often comes after rigorous checks. This seems to be the feeling present in the example sentence.
 
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