Passive form/helpCours gratuits > Forum > Forum anglais: Questions sur l'anglais || En bas
Message de vaiana posté le 31-07-2019 à 20:14:34 (S | E | F)
The rule is: put the sentences below onto their passive form when it is possible.
Thanks for helping me to correct them
1. The boss made me work late.
I was made work late (by the boss).
2. We will take care of all the formalities.
All the formalities will be taken care of (by us).
3. Some people think the proposed legislation is unworkable.
The proposed legislation is thought to be unworkable (by some people).
4. I refuse to answer your questions.
5. The accountants are looking into the matter.
The matter is being looked into (by the accountants).
Modifié par lucile83 le 31-07-2019 21:34
Réponse : Passive form/help de sherry48, postée le 01-08-2019 à 15:44:53 (S | E)
There is a problem with the first one. Verbs like make and have, meaning to cause somebody to do something, cannot have two verbs together like that (made work); the object follows the first verb.
I had my students take notes.
His argument made me change my mind.
For a passive sentence, the object needs to change places with the subject. Therefore...?
Keep up the good work!
Réponse : Passive form/help de vaiana, postée le 01-08-2019 à 19:33:04 (S | E)
Hello Sherry. Thanks for your reply.
I have to use a "to" here, don't I?
What would give... I was made to work late (by the boss).
Réponse : Passive form/help de sherry48, postée le 02-08-2019 à 02:56:51 (S | E)
It sounds a little odd, but it follows the model for the sentence I would prefer, I was forced to work late by the boss.
Modifié par sherry48 le 02-08-2019 04:29
But is it passive?
Réponse : Passive form/help de traviskidd, postée le 02-08-2019 à 21:38:38 (S | E)
It is an oddity, but the passive form of the causative structure "make (sb) do" is "made to do". This even though it results in an ambiguity ("I was made to love you" : made = created? or forced?)
The best advice is to avoid trying to put causative structures into the passive voice.
Cours gratuits > Forum > Forum anglais: Questions sur l'anglais