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All was happened due to his carelessness.
All happened due to his carelessness.

Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.

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    Using "all" in these examples does not seem natural to me. I would prefer "Everything was happening..." or "Everything happened...". – user3169 Jul 24 '15 at 17:56
  • Please define what, exactly? – snailplane Jul 24 '15 at 21:45
  • The past perfect of "happen" is "had happened". The verb is like the verb "exist". "Happen" is intransitive, and so a passive cannot be formed from it. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 27 '15 at 23:07
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The phrase "All was happened..." is incorrect. But if you're using passive voice, you could say

All was happening due to his carelessness.

Or this might sound a little more natural:

Everything was happening due to his carelessness.

The second sentence in your question is correct as-is.

You can say "All heppened" or "Everything happened". Or you can say "All was happening" or "Everything was happening". But saying "All was happened" is not correct grammar. "Was" describes a state of being -- all was quiet, all was well, all was chaotic, all was happening. But "happened" is a one-time past event, not a state of being, and cannot follow "was".

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  • Chad, Why can't we say? – I don't know who I am. Jul 24 '15 at 19:48
  • You can say "All heppened" or "Everything happened". Or you can say "All was hapening" or "Everything was happening". But you can't say "All was happened". "Was" describes a state of being -- all was quiet, all was well, all was chaotic, all was happening. But "happened" is a one-time past event, not a state of being. Don't know how to explain it any better than that -- it's just not correct. – Chad Jul 27 '15 at 15:12
  • All was happening isn't passive. Neither is Everything was happening. – snailplane Aug 4 '15 at 1:00

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