I need to find out how many forms the emphasized sentence can be in the passive voice.

I avoid telling him

Is it correct to say, "Telling him is avoided" in terms of signifying the process of (telling) informing him?


There are two actions described by verbs in the sentence, avoiding and telling. So basically there are three options:

Making avoid passive:

Telling him is avoided (by me).

Making telling passive:

I avoid him being told.

Making both passive:

Him being told is avoided (by me).

Needless to say the last version wouldn't win any prizes for style or readability.

  • Such a great answer. My gratitude. – user176505 May 25 '16 at 7:35

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