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Subject:RE: active vs. passive voice From:"Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> To:"Susan W Gallagher" <susanwg -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Ned Bedinger" <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> Date:Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:29:28 -0700
Susan W Gallagher wrote:
> This page
> <quote>Only transitive verbs (those that take objects) can be
> transformed into passive constructions. Furthermore, active sentences
> containing certain verbs cannot be transformed into passive
> *To have* is the most important of these verbs. We can say "He has a
> new car," but we cannot say "A new car is had by him." We can say
> "Josefina lacked finesse," but we cannot say "Finesse was lacked."
> I've never seen it stated quite so clearly before, but it makes sense
> when you think about it.
Sure... Until you realize that we DO say "A good time was had by all."
=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA
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