Questions tagged [distance-expression]

(Also called the Impersonal Passive) for questions about passive reporting verbs such as: ‘said’, ‘believe’, ‘claimed’, ‘hoped’, ‘thought’, etc.

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Is this description that 'she is not as mean as the way she looks.' right?

she is not as mean as the way she looks. she is not as mean as how she looks. she is not as mean as what she looks like. Which one do you guys describe generally? or I would be happy, if you teach me ...
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Lexical issue - the words “close” and “far” in terms of time

I need some help with a lexical issue. In my native language we have one word that means "close" both in terms of distance (meters etc) and in terms of distance in time. The same goes for "far" and ...
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How do people distinguish “data” refers to traffic and “data” refers to content?

In Chinese, we call mobile phone data as traffic, and we call the content -- such as files, photos -- on the phone as data. Scenario Someone is playing my cell phone. I tell him, My data is ...
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passive voice construction: “That evils had power was believed…”

I found a sentence from a test: That evils had power was believed in the olden days. Why did the writer use the passive voice in this example? What difference would it have made if the sentence ...
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“ It is known that John Lennon was interested in oriental religions”

I have two example of sentence on passive forms and I know the answers according to my book but I could not get it. The first example is that Form 1: " It is known that John Lennon was interested in ...
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“is said to” causes ambiguity

P1: She is said to work 16 hours a day. P2: It is said that she works 16 hours a day. The Murphy's grammar says that passive P1 is equivalent to passive P2. But let's transform these passive ...
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Passive constructions “It is said,” “It is expected” etc

Are these passive constructions common now? One native speaker said to me that they are extremely formal. It is believed that Jesus was born, rose from the dead, and crucified and resurrected. It is ...