What will be the passive voice for - "she quits her teaching job in school".I have come up with -"the teaching job in school is quit by her".But somehow its not sounding correct.Is it fine?
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Quit is not really transitive with the noun job; it's too intimately linked with its object, and that object is usually an Object Complement clause, because the normal meaning is to stop performing some activity permanently, or at least for some time. (There are also Subject Complements, but not in this example.)
There is also an economic idiom to quit which means to stop working at one's employment, permanently and voluntarily (as opposed, for instance, to being fired, which is permanent and involuntary, or being laid off, which is temporary and involuntary); the only direct object one can quit in this idiomatic sense is one's job, and so the object is frequently not expressed.
Thus it isn't really a transitive sentence because the verb and its object express an intransitive predicate -- like the idiom kick the bucket, meaning 'to die' -- and therefore can't be passivized.
In my opinion, "quit" by definition is an active verb; I would switch to something like "The teaching job was vacated." or "The teaching job was abandoned."
One would use the passive voice in this instance, I'd imagine, if you want to put the focus on the job, as opposed to the person who quit the job.
Sounds quite right for passive voice to me. "She" is the subject in the sentence in active voice and "she" is taking the action of quitting the job.
"The teaching job in school" is the subject in the passive voice which is the recipient of the action (of quitting).
It sounds awkward though, the reason its advised to avoid using passive voice in writing (some time it is more correct to use the passive voice but that's rare).
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Jun 21 '12 at 21:01
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