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I'm doubtful about the following passive forms:

  1. She was suggested to take off...
  2. She has been suggested to take off...

I suggested her to take off for some days.

So, when the sentence begins with "She", which one is correct?

  • What is the context? In what way will this sentence be used? – Hank Jan 26 '17 at 20:51
  • I remember this sentence from B2 exam. So I had to rewrite the sentence starting with ''She'' – marticopi Jan 26 '17 at 20:53
  • So it was an exam question and you're trying to figure out if you missed it or not? Where there any other details to the question that might give us a context? Like a tense they specifically wanted? – Hank Jan 26 '17 at 20:54
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    Both sentences appear to be based on a construction not used in English ie suggest someone. – Cascabel Jan 26 '17 at 20:54
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    Verbs like suggest, recommend, demand, etc. usually take a "that" clause. How about "She suggested that he/she take a few days off"? – Cascabel Jan 26 '17 at 20:58
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The entire question is simply wrong. "She" is not the object of "suggested" -- rather it's the entire phrase "she take time off". In this context, suggest doesn't take a person as an object. I can suggest a course of action to someone, but I don't suggest the person directly.

A different context where this does work is if I am suggesting a person for something like a job:

I suggested them as potential replacements for the ministers who recently resigned.

In this case I can invert and use the passive voice:

They were suggested (by me) as potential replacements ...

But that's not the case with your example. Here you simply can't start the sentence with "she" and use "suggest" as a passive. It doesn't make sense. Instead you have to replace it with another verb which does take a person as the object, like advise, or order.

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  • Okay :) Thank you so much, now I got it. But the point is that the sentence was as I wrote. Maybe the next time I'll call my teacher to say that like this it's impossible. Thanks! – marticopi Jan 26 '17 at 21:32
  • @marticopi if it's a test, you gotta do what you gotta do and argue with the teacher after you get your grade. It's the nature of the system. But now you know better :) – Andrew Jan 26 '17 at 21:35
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It's all the fault of the passive voice. The form She has been suggested is the worst of the choices you offer.

Why does the sentence have to start with 'She'? Says who? What did the poor thing do at the time of all this suggestion? Sounds like she did very little. Maybe she understood that she needed rest. Okay then, "She heard the suggestion that she take off for some days."

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  • Yes, bad passive voice-bad. I guess it was being aggresive;-) – Cascabel Jan 26 '17 at 21:29
  • As I said, it was written in my B2 exam. I didn't want to start with ''she'' but I had to :) So I only wanted to know if it's possible or not. – marticopi Jan 26 '17 at 21:36
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If, for some reason, you really want to use the passive voice, you would need a different verb because "suggest" cannot be used this way. In this particular context, you would probably want something like "advised":

active voice:

I advised her to take off for a few days.

I have advised her to take off for a few days.

becomes, in the passive voice:

She was advised to take off for a few days.

She has been advised to take off for a few days.

If you simply describing a past incident, you would use the simple past tense:

She was advised to take off for a few days.

If you are discussing an event that began in the past but has continued to the present, you would use the present perfect tense:

She has been advised to take off for a few days.

The implication of this last sentence, using the present perfect, is that she was advised to take off (this was done in the past) and I am still waiting (at this moment in the present) to see whether she will follow the advice.

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