I always use the “written“ in passive voice as is the case with sentences:

“Wash me“ was written on this car.

But I wonder if the way of using ”written” in sentence below is correct:

It was written “wash me“ on the car.

I think second sentence seem ungrammatical. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • Please be careful with punctuation and spelling. Thanks.
    – Lambie
    Feb 3 '19 at 16:42

“Wash me“ was written on this car. It was very funny. That is correct.

It was written “wash me“ on the car. That is not correct.

Please note: "It" is the pronoun that stands for "wash me". See the first sentence.


✘ It was written “ wash me “ on the car.

You are correct that the sentence is ungrammatical.

However, you could turn it into the equivalent of reported speech (reported writing if I'm going to coin a phrase) by removing the quote:

It was written (on the car) that the car be washed.

Note that, in theory, it's only an assumption that me in wash me is referring to the car. If you don't want to make that assumption, you could be more ambiguous:

It was written (on the car) that somebody or something be washed.

  • You mean un-grammatical?
    – Lorel C.
    Mar 5 '19 at 18:12

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