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Over 2500 years ago,King Okkalapa decided and built a shrine on Singuttara Hill.

1)A shrine was purposely built on Singuttara Hill by King Okkalapa over 2500 years ago.

2) A shrine was built on Singuttara Hill over 2500 years ago with the decision of King Okkalapa.

Which is correct? If not,let me know the correct answer(s).

Thanks in advance.

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We usually say "decide to do sth" rather than "decide and do sth." "decided" is then the main verb in your sentence. Also, I don't think the king built the shrine himself! At most, he had it built.

That said, we have at least two possible passive versions for your sentence:

3) Over 2500 years ago, (under the reign of King Okkalapa,) the decision was made (by King Okkalapa) to build a shrine on Singuttara Hill. (You have to choose just one of the phrases between parentheses -- only the second one indicates that it was the king who made the decision.)

4) Over 2500 years ago, (under the reign of King Okkalapa,) it was decided to build a shrine on Singuttara Hill.

To tell you the truth, I like (3) better than (4).

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  • If you say "the king decided to build", it doesn't imply that the king built it. I don't know if you meant that, but it certainly reads like you did. Feb 6 '17 at 0:20
  • I find "had it built" or "ordered the building/construction of" to be more accurate.
    – Gustavson
    Feb 6 '17 at 9:59

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