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I'm curious about the passive voice forms (if any) of the sentences,

I am

and

I think, therefore I am.

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  • I am defeated looks pretty "passive" to me. What definition of "passive" are you thinking of? Jul 6 '21 at 13:57
  • No passive forms in your sentences according to the generally accepted understanding of the word passive in grammar.
    – fev
    Jul 6 '21 at 14:04
  • ACTIVE A friend gave him a book PASSIVE A book was given to him OR He was given a book [by his friend] You need a transitive verb to construct a passive construction.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 6 '21 at 18:16
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Only transitive verbs can be made passive in English.

Think can be transitive, but here it is not, so has no passive.

The copula am has no passive.

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Thoughts were processed by him, therefor he exists.

This is, I believe, as close as one can come to a passive form of

I think therefore I am.

which is famously an English translation of the Latin

Cogito ergo sum

and has been influenced by Latin Grammar.

The above passive form is a much weaker statement.

There simply is no passive form of "I am".

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I, an idea, am thought... (Very weird, but can be constructed.)

...therefore, uh, I am. (No passive voice construction here.)

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  • It is not very clear what you are saying. You could edit to explain.
    – fev
    Jul 6 '21 at 20:08

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