He objected to the proposal.

The above is a sentence to change into passive voice from a grammar book. The answer was also given.

According to the Oxford dictionary, object is given as intransitive in the given structure and object to is not given as a phrasal verb.

Is it possible to change into passive voice? If yes, how?

  • M-W says it is also a transitive verb!
    – Cardinal
    Jun 18, 2020 at 6:05
  • Obect to + something..... Here it is intransitive. Object + that clause..... Here it is transitive. The discussing point is about case 1 Jun 18, 2020 at 6:12
  • Some verbs license special prepositions, so, I suppose that to is just a preposition there. Like, he pointed at the floor. Or perhaps adverbial prepositional phrase!
    – Cardinal
    Jun 18, 2020 at 6:16
  • The verb "object" is always intransitive. That clauses are not objects.
    – BillJ
    Jun 18, 2020 at 8:27
  • If so, is PV possible? Jun 19, 2020 at 10:19

1 Answer 1


"Object to" can be put into the passive voice as follows:

The proposal was objected to.


The proposal was objected to by him.

FYI, the use of passive voice in contexts like this is as ugly as sin.

  • Can "pray to", "suffer from" be considered as transitive phrasal verbs? Any tip to identify a transitive phrasal verb...? Jun 19, 2020 at 4:57

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