RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?

Subject: RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: reshma pendse <reshma_pendse -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in>, Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 11:01:09 -0700

reshma pendse wrote:

> Isn't 'friended' in this context passive voice rather than past tense?
> and isn't that how most passive voice constructions work? as in, He
> friended me, and I was friended by him...He offended me and I was
> offended by him...

No, "friended" is the past participle of "to friend" (I still shudder a little at that verbification). The past participle is often used in passive voice constructions.

What distinguishes passive voice is that the subject is recipient of the action instead of the actor. It's usually (always?) formed by combining some form of the verb "to be" with the past participle.

But the past participle can be used in active voice too.

Passive voice: He was friended by John.
Active voice: He has friended John.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
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verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: Monique Semp
Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: Monique Semp
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