What’s the active form of "My jacket was made in Thailand"?

When we normally change the sentence into active voice, we get:

They made my jacket in Thailand

or so. But I think "made" is a general word. It doesn’t actually qualify for what it was made. So to be particular can I use other verbs instead of "made" in the active voice? Or what are other appropriate ways of transforming this sentence into active voice? Would you please give me similar equivalent form of active voice or other different ways of changing into active voice?

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    You might get better advice on English Language Learners
    – Mitch
    Dec 9, 2020 at 22:09
  • Would you please suggest similar equivalent? Dec 9, 2020 at 22:12
  • You have the same problem with the original. Not sure what the “or so” is doing there. Make is a perfectly good verb to use for how a jacket comes into being. To qualify the purpose for which a jacket was made you might say They made this jacket to keep the wearer warm in cold weather. But that answers why and is completely different that saying where it was made.
    – Jim
    Dec 9, 2020 at 22:19
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    Child laborers made my jacket in Thailand. Dec 9, 2020 at 22:25
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    Since you don't care who tailored or produced the jacket, other than the country of origin, the passive voice serves well here. However, if you're set on active voice, you have to come up with the agent (the doer) yourself: They made my jacket in Thailand. A Thai factory made this jacket. It looks like some fine tailors put together this jacket. Leather workers in Thailand stitched this beauty. Dec 9, 2020 at 22:43

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My jacket was made in Thailand.


(Somebody) made my jacket in Thailand.

There is nothing special about “made”, jackets or Thailand here. They all convert between active and passive just fine.

The issue with converting to active voice is that we don’t know who made the jacket. This is one of the main reasons for using passive voice in the first place, after all: we either don’t know, don’t care or don’t want to say who the doer was.

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