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?

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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.
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    Commented May 25, 2016 at 7:35

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