Sentences that can’t be passive voice

/, Grammar/Sentences that can’t be passive voice

Sentences that can’t be passive voice

There are certain sentences that simply cannot be rephrased in passive voice. Again, I’m not talking about a vibe… It’s a grammatical thing.

Consider this:

Active: He is going to become an editor.

Try and make that passive…

An editor is going to be become by him?

The thing is, the subject and the object are the same person… So, you can’t make it a passive.

(Wait a minute: Subject, object? What? Most English sentences follow a subject > verb > object structure… as in: The dolphin

[subject] parked [verb] the tractor [object]. [While you may have doubts about the logical feasibility of the previous sentence, I think you will agree it is grammatical.] Glad I could clear things up…)
By | 2017-05-19T08:20:55+00:00 March 8th, 2015|Did you know, Grammar|0 Comments

About the Author:

Writer, editor, musician, plain English evangelist, content ninja for hire, and general web guy, Rory does lots of things, when he has time...

Comment on this post