I would like to know if it's correct to say "was spent" when talking about a moment or a time in the day, and not about people, in a sentence.

For instance:

The rest of the evening was spent in a joyous and relaxed atmosphere !

I know you can say "I have spent my evening/day doing this or/that" but I am not sure if I can put "the evening" or "the day" as the main subject, without referring to people.

  • Do you think is correct or incorrect? Why do you think that? What research have you done that supports your opinion?
    – randomhead
    Sep 25 at 12:09
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    – JavaLatte
    Sep 25 at 12:41
  • It's fine to say that a day or evening was spent in [some state] or doing [some activity]. But a moment is too short a time to be "spent" doing anything. Sep 25 at 16:30

Yes, you can put "The rest of the evening" at that start of the sentence.

A normal sentence is in active voice. Here is an example:

I spent the evening at home.

You can turn it into a passive voice sentence by removing the subject and moving the object to the front:

The evening was spent at home.

In a passive voice sentence, the active-voice subject is called the agent and the active-voice object is called the patient. In the above sentence, the agent is missing and the patient is "The evening".

You can add the agent, but if you need an agent, you should think hard about whether you should be using passive voice at all.

The evening was spent at home by me.

Passive voice is useful when we don't know who the agent is, or it's not important to specify, or if the really important part is the patient. You can read more about passive voice here.

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