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nautes20

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Hi,
Thanks for the answer...

1. She took care of the child.
->The child was taken care of by her.(o)
->Care was taken of the child by her.(+)

2. She took good care of the child.
->The child was taken good care of by her.(o)
->Good care was taken of the child by her.(o)

The second passive sentence in 1 is not grammatical, while
the second passive sentence in 2 is grammatical.

I 'd like to know the reason.

Best regards... :D
 
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1. She took care of the child.
->The child was taken care of by her.(o)
->Care was taken of the child by her.(+)

2. She took good care of the child.
->The child was taken good care of by her.(o)
->Good care was taken of the child by her.(o)

The second passive sentence in 1 is not grammatical, while
the second passive sentence in 2 is grammatical.

Both

Care was taken of the child by her

and

Good care was taken of the child by her

are constructions that many native speaker would be not be comfortable with, that is they could BOTH be considered ungrammatical simply because the basic Verb Group is to take care, this is not really semantically related to the Verb Group to take, which among other things, means to physically transport something away from somewhere.

Although the written representation of the Verb Group (to)take care consists of two "words", in reality it invoves just one concept, and some might complain that you cannot arbitrarily separate the words "take" and "care" (as you have done here to try to construct a Passive), because for all intents and purposes they are really acting as one word.

There are many other examples like this; I'm sure you will be able to recognise them when you come across them.

Of course it all comes down to what people find acceptable. I don't doubt that some would feel comfortable with the good care was taken of the child construction , as there might also be some who would allow the care was taken of the child . They personally seem a bit odd to me and I can't see any reason why English would need to use "good care" like this in a Thematic position anyway when the standard Passive construction does the job perfectly well.
 
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