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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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taghriedtaghried Posts: 189 ✭✭✭
*A doctor has examined the sick child. (Active)

the sick child was examined by a doctor. (Passive)

Why here use (the past simple in passive)when he changed from active to passive, I think it's supposed to use (the present perfect), so the sentence should be:
the sick child has been examined.
*A: Where are you going to go to school next year?
B: I (have been accepted) by Shoreline Community College.

Why here use present perfect in passive, can we use the (future tense in passive)? therefore the sentence will be
I am going to be accepted by Shoreline Community College.


Best Answer

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,064 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer
    As for 1 - you are right. If this is a transformation it should be:

    The sick child has been examined....

    As for 2 - "I am going to be accepted..." sounds strange. How can you know this in advance? Do you have influential parents? Well, this may happen.

    I would say, "I have been accepted...." is a concise way to express the thought: "I have been accepted by Shoreline Community College and consequently I am going to study there."


  • taghriedtaghried Posts: 189 ✭✭✭
    thanks for your answer
    if the things related to our thought we use (have or has been+pp), or we can't put rules here! @Xanthippe
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