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It is always said:

Air conditioners sell well in the summer months.

Could are sold well be used here ?

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Air conditioners sell well in the summer months.

Air conditioners are sold well in the summer months.

Those two sentences have slightly different meanings. "air conditioners sell (adverb)" describes if they are selling. "air conditioners are sold (adverb)" describes the skills of the person selling them, or the method they are using to do the selling.

With that said, "Air conditioners are sold well in the summer months" does not work. You could say "Air conditioners are sold well by the sales team", although it sounds a little constructed. You would probably want to use a present voice construction. "Our sales team does a great job of selling air conditioners during the summer."

  • But the sentence "air conditioners sell well" sounds like "air conditioner" is a live object and it's selling something that is not mentioned here. "Air conditioners are sold well" sounds like somebody is selling air conditioners well. Am I missing something/ Please explain to me. – Man_From_India Apr 26 '14 at 3:16
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    @Man_From_India Sell in "air conditioners sell well" is intransitive. It has a different meaning than transitive sell in "he sells air conditioners". The passive is based on the latter, not the former, so the answer here is no. – snailcar Apr 26 '14 at 4:02
  • You could say "Air conditioners have sold well in the summer months." indicating past results and an expectation of current and (possibly) future results. – user3169 Apr 26 '14 at 4:28

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