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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, 2015 at 17:56
  • Please define what, exactly?
    – user230
    Jul 24, 2015 at 21:45
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    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.
    – TimR
    Jul 27, 2015 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? Jul 24, 2015 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, 2015 at 15:12
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    All was happening isn't passive. Neither is Everything was happening.
    – user230
    Aug 4, 2015 at 1:00

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