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This book teaches us some example of using postive verbs to express passive meanings.

The kind of cloth washes easily.

These books sell well.

The door doesn't lock.

This pen writes very well.

Then, gives a question of example.

The hero's story ____ differently in the newspaper.

A. was reported B. was reporting C. reports D. reported

And the given answer is C. Because the time / tense does't be told, so only the "reports" of present tense can be chosen.

Someone argues about this, deems the A is right too.

What do you think about this?

  • If I were writing the sentence, I would choose A). But using A) is not an example of a passive meaning. The C) answer is a less common expression, but it is an example of your subject material - it is a verb, with story as the subject, that attributes a quality rather than describes an action that "story" is taking or has taken. – Justin Stafford Jun 3 '19 at 4:27

The version A is grammatical but it doesn't correspond to the task of using a positive verb in a passive meaning. Along with 'reports', the word 'reads' is possible here which would mean 'was written (in different words)'. A similar example ('a passage that reads differently in older versions') can be found in Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/read

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