Note: English isn't my main language.
I have a question about the passive form, I think the following paragraph has a strange "form" of a passive context, here it is:
Prodded by hunger, the female dolphin approached the ships which harbored next to the island, despite the danger posed by them.
I was asked to point out the passive verbs and point to the "makers" of the actions and the "receivers".
So I got confused here:
... despite the danger posed by them.
You could see it as the danger is the reciver and them (the ships) are the "makers", but when I thought about the full 'idea' of the text I thought that it would be better to address the whole section like this:
1) The danger is a situation that is a derived state coming from the ships to the fem dolphin.
2) If I were to look at that section as a separate sentence then it is right to say that the danger is in fact passive (in my opinion), but if you take into consideration the context of the paragraph it could be seen as:
-The female dolphin was posed danger by the ships, making the dolphin in the passive state.
- The danger posed by them affected the dolphin.
My question is, could you say that the passive form is also in relation to the dolphin, and not just the danger?