The original passive sentence (word1..word10 are represent a long piece of a sentence:

 Results that show word1 word2 word3 word4.. word10, are obtained.

But in this sentence a verb (obtained) at the end of a long sentence—make it hard to read.

Which of the options below of passive sentences is a legal better formal English (or suggest other formal passive sentence options):

1) It is obtained results that show word1 word2 word3 word4.. word10.


2) Results are obtained that show word1 word2 word3 word4.. word10.

(An active sentence option that is not considered in that question: We obtain results..)

  • "It is obtained results" is not grammatical and doesn't make sense.
    – stangdon
    Jul 12, 2021 at 16:43
  • It is very confusing to write "word1 word2..." It would be far far better to give us you actual example. What do you have to hide?
    – James K
    Jul 12, 2021 at 17:43
  • 1
    2 is correct, but very technical sounding. "The obtained results show: ...." isn't identical in meaning, but likely includes the original intended meaning.
    – gotube
    Jul 13, 2021 at 3:18
  • In context, "obtain" is probably unnecessary. E.g., "Twenty university sophomores were surveyed about X. The results show that . . ." This pattern is common in academic writing. Jul 13, 2021 at 7:36

1 Answer 1


Your sentence 2 is good: it exhibits heavy-constituent extraposition, which is quite common in technical writing.

Your 1 is understandable, but I don't think any native English speaker would write it.

  1. There are results obtained that show ...

is also possible.

  • @Lambie: you're right. I've edited my answer.
    – Colin Fine
    Jul 12, 2021 at 19:50
  • No, worries. :)
    – Lambie
    Jul 12, 2021 at 19:51

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