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Interchangeability of Active and Passive Infinitives as Object Complements

I've been analyzing the following pair of sentences and have some questions regarding the usage of infinitives as object complements. Sentence 1: That statement's really important, because it's ...
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use VS be used, sell VS be sold - passive voice? [duplicate]

1.a Most of the machines aren't ready to use yet. 1.b Most of the machines aren't ready to be used yet. Based on my research I believe both are grammatically correct, but I still have trouble ...
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active and passive difference in these two examples? "This chair is too small to stand on." and "This chair is too small to be stood on."

"This chair is too small to stand on." "This chair is too small to be stood on." what's the difference? or I can use either one.
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simplifies to vs. be simplified to?

In mathematics, one often simplifies an expression. In the mathematical writing, which one is correct (or more natural)? Equation (1) is simplified to Equation (2). vs. Equation (1) simplifies to ...
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How can I change the sentence from active to the passive form?

Active: Alastair arranged to take Kathy to the station. Passive: Kathy was arranged to be taken to the station by Alastair. This sentence I read is a bit awkward., but I am not sure, could you explain ...
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Suffix "ee" for nouns with a passive meaning

An employment exists when an "employer" employs an "employee". During the employment the "employer" is the active person, the person who employs, and the "employee&...
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somebody takes some time to do something vs It takes somebody some time to do something

Occasionally, I come across the following Somebody takes seconds/minutes/hours/days/etc to do something on the Internet, which does not seem as common as It takes somebody seconds/minutes/hours/...
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should have had the engine checked VS should have checked the engine

Would you ever say We should have checked the engine. instead of We should have had the engine checked. to mean been somebody else would do the job for us? In Russian, we mostly use active structures ...
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The book was given to me (by Rion) - is it wrong to use a subject and a passive verb?

One of the forms of using passive verbs is: Object + Verb + "By + Subject" ("optional"). E.g. Sarah was killed by a police officer. My cat was killed by neighbor's dog. The book ...
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Active vs passive

The bowl was lifted without spilling its contents. What do you think is the understood subject of "spilling"? a. The bowl didn't spill its contents. b. The person who lifted it didn't ...
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when "reconvene" collocate with meeting(or conferencen), should it be uesed in passive voive or active vioce?

e.g1: After a 20-minute hiatus, the press conference was reconvened. --quote from The New York Times e.g2:The Conference Committee will reconvene to resolve differences between the last House and ...
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were promoted vs were being promoted

I have to fill the following sentence with one suitable word. The sentence is: The proposed delistings are ..... promoted by the US interior Secretary to counter a growing feeling among the ...
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What are the grammatical rules related to "be born" in this passive voice sentence?

How can I understand the use of "be born" in the sentence "But I've witnessed enough people be born with the deck stacked badly against them and go on to incredible success to know it's ...
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When to use "started to" and "started to be"

I have a problem regarding to be sentences.. E.g. Which sentence is correct among these two: And in result, 1st movement started to decrease. And in result, 1st movement started to be decreased. ...
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Is it better to say "I took a grade" or "I got a grade"?

I believe "I got a grade", or "I received a grade" is better, but I heard "I took a grade" which sounds strange to me because it sounds like it's an active process. Which ...
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Is "All the animation was done with computers" correct?

"All the animation was done with computers." I have two problems: 1- why does animation is singular? They referred to "All of them(animation)", so didn't they say animations. 2- it'...
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take revenge on - in the passive voice

Does "take revenge on" lend itself to the passive voice? He was taken revenge on by his boss. I don't remember being taken revenge on by him.
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Why does "by whom" come first in a passive voice sentence?

Why does "by whom" come first in a passive voice sentence? active:- who broke this cup? passive:- by whom was this cup broken? In active voice who is subject and this cup is object then ...
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Which one is better "had broken down" or "had been broken down"?

I want to know which of these two sentences below is correct both grammar and meaning wise : So many appliances in our apartment had been broken down and then got repaired OR So many appliances in ...
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Be + past simple verb

I was watching a video and I heard the narrator said: “She had requested his brain be studied” And I thought it was wrong, but some grammar correctors, like Grammarly, show that this is correct, my ...
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1.Kindly see who is there" "She told me to see who was there/who there was" Should i put "was" before or after "there"?

1.Kindly see who is there" "She told me to see who was there/who there was" 2.I just openend the door to check who was there or who there was". Should I put "was" before ...
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I would like to know more how present perfect tense and it's derivatives are in passive & active form; thus some concerns are waving over my mind?

Firstly; Present perfect- has recreated In each of these movies, batman has been recreated as the subconscious mind of American society. Is this sentence a proper passive and still present perfect, ...
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"Will have to be resolved without him" and "Will have to resolve without him"

What is the difference between "Will have to be resolved without him" and "Will have to resolve without him" ?
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In the sentence "Wait to be seated" is it in passive voice or is seated and adjective?

I can figure out this sentence is an imperative sentence but is the word "seated" a verb or an adjective? and is it active or passive voice?
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In the sentence "I was made to accept the proposal" is the verb "made" in passive voice? and how would it be in active? [closed]

I cannot figure out if it's a passive structure.
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The verb "mark" with an event and a time

The 19th century was marked by the abolition of slavery. The 19th century marked the abolition of slavery. Which is correct? The meaning is that the abolition of slavery was an important event in the ...
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In the sentence "The table was set for lunch" is "set" a verb or an adjective?

The table was set for lunch I want to see if this is a passive sentence. I think if the word "set" is a verb it is passive, but if “set” is an adjective it would be an active one.
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require a lot of time and energy

a. The bridge will require a lot of time and energy to construct. b. The bridge will require a lot of time and energy to be constructed. c. The bridge will need a lot of time and energy to construct. ...
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Active and passive sentences having the same meaning

I am noticing that the passive and acrtive voices using in some sentences can occasionally mean the same. As for instance 1. I engaged in this affair 2. I was engaged in this affair 3. The story was ...
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Is there any reduced clause in "I'm not the person helped"?

Firstly, I thought it work same way with: I'm not the person who helped. But someone told me "It's wrong, "I'm not the person helped" is passive. What is the difference between the ...
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What is the difference between had to and had to be?

I might ask in this way: Why passive is used in this sentence? Which one make more sense? Is first sentence passive? Many had to be wrestled into straitjackets. Or Many had to wrestle into ...
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Can coats button themselves? (Active vs. Passive)

While doing copywork today, I came across this sentence: Tall and well made, the men dressed in dark silk coats that buttoned down the sides of the chest and were elaborately embroidered in silver or ...
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Always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never"

Usually we use words like "always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never" in present passive as in "He is always given a surprise" and past ...
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"should" and "should be" in "He should get the role" and "The role should be given to him"

Is there a difference between: He should get the role and The role should be given to him
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Adverb in active and passive voice

Extracts can be found in English on the website. You can find extracts in English on the website. When writing this passive sentence as active voice what “in English” describes the same? Would it be ...
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“Leaves are moved” or “leaves move”?

The leaves of a tree are moved by the wind. That is, the wind moves the leaves. Can I just say “leaves move” in this situation? “move” here is an intransitive verb.
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Passive voice form of 'I think, therefore I am'

I'm curious about the passive voice forms (if any) of the sentences, I am and I think, therefore I am.
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Are these sentences in the active or passive voice?

I've been taught that the active voice = subject + verb + object and the passive voice = object + verb + (not always) subject I can't figure out which voice the following sentences are in, based on ...
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in order to confess [closed]

a. He was tortured to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. b. He was tortured to make him confess to crimes he hadn't committed. c. He was tortured in order to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. ...
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Active Infinitives vs. Passive Infinitives. Which one is more suitable for formal writing?

I have seen the following sentence: They gave me a question too hard to answer. However, in my opinion, this use of active infinitive is ungrammatical here, and the following passive Infinitive ...
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How do I change "is made of" into an active voice?

How do I change the sentence "this candle is made of natural soy wax" into an active voice? Also, can someone please explain why Grammarly considers "is made of" a passive voice ...
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Passive and usage of “being” in a sentence

I am trying to understand why this sentence is incorrect as in grammatically. The instructions were given to use passive/active accordingly. The incorrect verse: It's raining and the roads are full ...
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Which is the correct sentence and use of the of the word spend/spent

$13,000 - average domestic spent by Kuwaiti families per month. $13,000 - average domestic spend by Kuwaiti families per month.
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“Analysis is run daily.” is it correct?

The following sentence is in an email from Google: “Analysis is run daily.” Please let me understand, why it isn’t “analysis runs daily” or “analysis does run daily” or “analysis is running daily”? Is ...
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Different between "have been doing "and"have being done"

I'm always confused about this tow construction I confronted this sentences and cant undrestand the main meaning -There has been growing concern by researchers. I want to know are these constructions ...
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"I broke my arm" vs "my arm was broken"

I broke my arm. In my language (Persian), if I say this to one of my friends, her response would be like this: “Are you out of your mind? Why did you break your arm?” because it implies that I broke ...
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Why is "apples are good to be eaten" incorrect?

I was doing an online test where they asked to fill in the blank. Here's the question: Apples are good ______ Here are the choices: to be eating to eat to eating to be eaten I selected "to be ...
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"complete" as an intransitive verb?

I came across this sentence somewhere: This dictionary took three years to complete. Clearly, it means '[...] took three years to be completed'. Is this sentence correct? And if so, how can the use ...
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How do i get rid of the passive voice misuse error?

What is the correct way to get rid of the error here? The sentence goes like These books are expensive. A book grant must be sanctioned. If I change it to These books are expensive. There must be a ...
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Why write "does" instead of "is" "What time does/is the pharmacy open?"

General question about when to use "is" and "does" as I keep interchanging both of them. In the sentence "What time does the pharmacy open?" Why can't I write this: &...
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