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Active sentences with an immediate passive insertion

I am confused about the usage and the correctness of the passive structure here. My question is if the sentence sounds ok. If there is anything wrong with the sentence, please highlight that so that I ...
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“take them away to sell” or “take them away to be sold”?

The hunters took them away to [ sell / be sold]. Why are one thing active voice and the other passive voice, when they mean the same thing?
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Change this sentence into passive

How can this sentence be changed into passive voice: "My mother let me play today." which one is correct: I was let to play today by my mother. I was let play today by my mother.
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What is the active form of “to be invited to”

I have the following sentence: I will be more than happy to have an opportunity to be invited to your institution... Microsoft Word complains on it: passive voice (consider revising). So my ...
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Confusing example of active and passive

There is asentence which has confused me a lot. Margarine category was recorded least. Least recorded category was Margarine. Which sentence is active and which is passive. I am facing ...
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Difference in keep and kept

I am an English learner and i am confused in a sentence. The sentence The bricks are keep in a kiln. This sentence is about a process. This sentence seems absurd to me. So ...
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John could drive the car

John could drive the car. The car could be driven by John The second sentence is the passive form of the first sentence. But I have read in a book for teaching methodology that the two sentences ...
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Determined/determining to make a good beginning, these new comers did all they could

I encountered an exercise on an app today, which asks me to choose a right word for the sentence: _____ to make a good beginning, these new-comers did all that they could to get themselves well-...
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Is there a verb that means “become extinct”?

Is there a single verb that means become extinct? I have found disappear and vanish, but I think they don't mean exactly the same as become extinct.
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Couldn't “A truck has parked in the driveway.” be correct because the truck could be self-driving these days?

Above is an screenshot of a suggestion made by Grammarly in the sentence. It says: The word has doesn’t seem to fit this context. Consider replacing it with a different one. For this sentence: ...
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Talk about vs Talked about

As far as i know, Transitive verb can only become passive Well, Look at this example The mangers talked about the problem. The problem was talked about. As far as i am concerned, when ...
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Passive voice of sing someone to sleep

What is the passive voice of "I like to sing my baby sister to sleep. A. She likes to be sung to sleep. B. She likes to be sung to be slept. According to me it is A but i am not sure as English is ...
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Active passive problem

(Active voice): He has written a poem which fascinates everyone My problem here is , in active voice the object is the poem then passive voice should be : A poem has been written by him which ...
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It spells vs it is spelt

Why do we use the active form of verbs rather than using the passive form of it. For example, it spells as “W.O.R.k” it is spelt as “W.O.R.K” And the oranges sell at $2 Lb the ...
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Active vs. passive: “waves are formed by” vs. “waves formed by”

Mostly, waves ... by wind blowing over the surface of the sea. A) are formed ( my answer ) B) formed ( correct according to my book ) Should I burn my book ?
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“He is having to pay the money” passive

Active: He has to pay the money. Passive: The money has to be paid by him. Active: He is having to pay the money. Passive: The money is having to be paid by him. (I'm not sure) Please explain. ...
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Conversion from active to passive

The agent with by is omitted in passive voice when it is implicit. I was doing an exercise in which I had to change the sentence He kept me waiting into the active voice. According to me the ...
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The use of 'get rid of'

During a discussion, a question occurred to me. If we want to get rid of something that is done to us, should we use Active voice or passive voice? Example: I have a fellow who talks too much. I am ...
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The usage of “pay off” phrase

What is a correct way of using "pay off" phrase? Your hard work is paying off. vs. Your hard work is paid off. I thought that the one correct way is the second, because I thought "pay off" should ...
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It used to be done

We can say some sentences with "used to" in the Active Voice, but are the Passive Voice ones used with "used to" as well? I used to read those books ---> Those books used to be read by me. She didn'...
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Past Simple Passive vs Past Simple with 'follow'

Here is an extract from my grammar practice book. A young man was walking through a supermarket. Suddenly he noticed that he (follow) by an old lady. As far as I understand, in that situation we ...
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A being cooked pie

I can say: I am throwing a pie which I am cooking. Then I can say: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked by me Then: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked Can I say: I am ...
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Subject-verb inversion in 'as' clause and passive voice

A.I. programs used to help judges predict which criminals are most likely to reoffend have shown troubling racial biases, as have those designed to help child protective services decide which calls ...
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“But both men interviewed separately.” vs “But both men were interviewed separately.”

I know we can say "He took the book" and "The book was taken" but when it comes to some sentences it makes me confused. I just don't understand why would someone say: But both men interviewed ...
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Input (did not flow / was not flowed) in the system

I could not see the input in the system which I downloaded from other system. It was an automated process once clicked on download button. I Want to inform it to system admin. How could I say? ...
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words a speaker says in the video?

I cannot make out what the speaker said in this video. It is at the 9 minute 44 second point. It sounds like he said chores up, but that doesn't make any sense. Here is the context: It is difficult ...
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Passive voice + additional verb phrase

Believe it or not, I'm a professional editor, and as such, I read a lot of ESL papers. Due to all the non-native-type errors, I forgot the rule about passive voice in complex sentences, and now ...
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Is “get cut” a passive voice?

The wild flowers and herbs get cut before they have a chance to flower and propagate. I think the sentence is in the passive voice. Why does the writer use get instead of are ? When we have to use ...
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When to construct sentence without Is and Was?

"Those,who killed in the accident, were residents of our area" Is above sentence construction is correct? is it in Active voice? Is World killed is as adjective? If I Construct below sentence can ...
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Which choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...