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"Middle voice" is a term sometimes used when a usually transitive verb ('He is boiling eggs') is used intransitively with its Patient ('eggs') as Subject but still in the active voice ('Eggs are boiling'). Although English has no true middle voice, the 'middle' term is sometimes used by analogy to other languages; middle voices are so called because they lie between active and passive. See also 'ergative verb', 'labile verb'.

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Is the sentence "This whiteboard won't erase" grammatically correct?

I often see such phrases, and I am wondering whether they are strictly grammatically correct or not. It seems to me that the subject is "whiteboard" and the verb is "erase", which ...
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The show has started OR The show has been started

The show has started. It means: Show has started doing something. For example: I have written an essay. It means I am the one who write. How can the show do something by itself? How can this ...
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Recognizing Middle verbs

Well, it's not going to talk about Middle English, but middle verbs. There are some verbs, such as, read, slice and break that just like ergative verbs, affect their subjects making confusions whether ...
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"...the document read like a statement..." - Is this just a mistake? [duplicate]

When I was reading the now ongoing investigation and interrogation on Comey., in the 4th paragraph In an op-ed for the New York Times Serratore argued that the document read like a statement from ...
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"rearing" without a mother fish?

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/pugetsound/species/salmon_cyc.html this is the source providing sufficient information about the life cycle of salmon. From the article we could see that the life ...
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The car finally broke. Passive or middle voice?

Is the sentence "The car finally broke" in the passive or the middle voice? As far as I know "break" is an intransitive verb so it can be either in the active, the passive, or the middle voice. Such ...
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"Soak" used in the middle voice

Consider the following example from the entry for soak in Macmillan: Blood was soaking through my glove. When soak is used in the middle voice as above, could it be substituted with "was soaking ...
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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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Can the verb 'release' be used as an intransitive verb?

Volkheimer leaps immediately into a squat, his head coming around as the hounds release toward him, and Werner’s heart feels as if it has been blown to pieces in his chest. Volkheimer’s arms come ...
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Why is the active voice used in "it reads better"?

I stumbled upon a phrase in a book (about JavaScript): The . notation is preferred because it is more compact and it reads better. The . notation cannot read, as far as I understand. It can be ...
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Picture Someone Engaging VS Engaged

I looked up the word "picture" in the dictionary and it is usually said "Picture someone doing something". Shouldn't the word "engaged" be "engaging" in the following sentence? Perhaps you’re ...
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the beer pours a hazy yellow color

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a huge white head. Is this sentence OK in terms of using the verb "pour". I regularly find this phrase in beer reviews. Can the beer really pour something? I ...
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I hate to see you hurting

Someone is hurt by a betrayal. I hate to see you hurting. I hate to see you being hurt. Is #2 correct and equally used? I don't see the logic of #1. It sounds like the person is hurting (himself).
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the difference between present passive voice and present perfect passive voice

What is the difference in term of meaning between these: The order has shipped, that means you will receive it soon and it is shipped. Does it mean the same thing ?
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"The English language has changed over time" OR "The English language has been changed over time"

Are this two sentences the same? The English language has changed over time. The English language has been changed over time. Also, which one is correct? How the English language has been ...
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Change of voice

Which one is grammatically correct? a. The fence collapsed during a strong storm. b. The fence was collapsed during a strong storm. My teacher said it's b. but I'm having doubts...
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Can you say "the dessert eats well"?

I heard that a food critic (who is British male) made a comment on a dish like this: It looks very pretty, but it doesn't eat very well. The expression amazed me as I never knew food can be a ...
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Why am I punished for the thing that I did not do intentionally? He broke my arm Vs. I broke my arm

Read this sentence from the New York Times: *Alberto Contador of Spain, a two-time winner of the Tour de France, quit the race Monday after breaking his leg in a fall during the 10th stage.* It's ...
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Passive Extraposition

It seems that for verbs that allow the following sentence structure: a-type: "He [verb in past particle] that supplies were running low." passive extraposition is possible, leading to: b-...
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Active vs passive voice with inanimate object as the subject

This question was inspired by this question asked previously. I have seen some sentences like the following - The film was announced to be released on this coming Friday. The film was announced to ...
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Wondering what the difference is between passive and active in these two examples

His trial was / is adjourned until April. His trial adjourned until April. The program is canceled. The program canceled.
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is now conform or is now conformed

May I know Which one is grammatical? The implementation after repairing is now conform to the specification. The implementation after repairing is now conformed to the specification. Note to myself: ...
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The usage of a construction like “But factoring into his decision must've been…”

But factoring into Shaun White's decision must've been how much he has to risk. I guess the sentence wants to express such a meaning: Shaun White must've factored how much he has to risk into his ...
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"This book *reads* very well."

This book reads very well. The usage of the verb read is unusual. Because it doesn't say here that the book reads something, but someone reads the book. Can you give me a hint what is this grammar ...
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Change the voice of "The rose smells sweet"

I am a student in 10th class, and I am stuck on a homework problem. Change the voice: "The rose smells sweet." I thought a lot but I couldn't get an answer. I think that the voice of this ...
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