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Passive Voice



shigu
Ukraine

Passive Voice
 

Hi, dear colleagues!

I need your advice, please! Passive Voice.

Word order. Which of them is correct?

1.Her new medicine was given to her by him.   Her new medicine was given by him to her.

2.This funny animal was laughed at by everybody.    This funny animal was laughed by everybody at.

3.We have been looking for her the whole morning. (Active) What is about Passive?

Thank you!

26 Apr 2013      



Chinamania
Egypt

I think the "by" part sounds better at the end.

She has been looked for the whole morning. 

( verb to be is not used in the present perfect progressive form ) 

26 Apr 2013     



almaz
United Kingdom

This comes across, unfortunately, as classic effle. Nobody actually says (or would even want to say) "Her new medicine was given to her by him ". Youre more likely to turn your students off English for life with this type of exercise.

26 Apr 2013     



shigu
Ukraine

Thanks a lot!

26 Apr 2013     



Daisee
Vietnam

 
 
1. Her new medicine was given by him to her.  ** edit to her by him
 

2.This funny animal was laughed at by everybody  

 
3. She has been being looked for the whole morning (by them)???
 
 
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ACTIVE / PASSIVE

Examples:

  • Recently, John has been doing the work. Active
  • Recently, the work has been being done by John. Passive

NOTE: Present Perfect Continuous is less commonly used in its passive form.

26 Apr 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Well said, almaz.

Daisee is right for No. 2.

The best I can do for No. 3 is: Our whole morning has been spent in looking for her.

26 Apr 2013     



Daisee
Vietnam

He is looking for the correct passive form, even if it is effle

26 Apr 2013     



Apodo
Australia

Some sentences just don t work with a passive form - they just sound weird and wouldn t be used by a native speaker.

How about these.
 
The doctor gave her the new medicine.
The new medicine was given to her by the doctor.
 
Everybody laughed at the funny animal.
The funny animal was laughed at by everybody.
 
The police have been looking for her the whole morning.
She has been looked for by the police the whole morning.
 
 
 
 

27 Apr 2013     



shigu
Ukraine

I see. Thank you!!!

27 Apr 2013