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Which one of the below sentence is correct? Is there any rule to include linking verb?

a) Three person were killed when boat capsized due to overload.

b) Three person killed when boat was capsized due to overload.

c) Three person were killed when boat was capsized due to overload.

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Three people were killed when a/the (depending on the context) boat capsized/was capsized due to an overload.

The sentence above would be correct.

We need to use the passive voice: the people were killed BUT they died (they died is an active voice sentence).

And a boat capsizes if it is overturned in the water. The active voice is correct. But the passive voice (is capsized) can also be used: if you capsize a boat, or if it capsizes, it turns upside down or onto its side in the water (Macmillan Dictionary).

  • @ Enguroo ...Active Voice would be Boat is Capsized or Boat capsized – user4084 Dec 13 '18 at 7:01
  • @ Enguroo... How the boat capsized on its own. Capsized is transitive verb. Hence have confusion. I Think we should use passive voice. – user4084 Dec 13 '18 at 7:19
  • @user4084 "capsize" can be both transitive and intransitive (macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/capsize) - if you capsize a boat, or if it capsizes, it turns upside down or onto its side in the water. "is capsized" is passive, and "capsized" is active. I have edited my answer. Have a look please. – Enguroo Dec 13 '18 at 8:10
  • @ Enguroo...Got it ..We can use Active or passive its our choice....Thanks – user4084 Dec 13 '18 at 9:07

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