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A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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Active & passive [on hold]

I came across the following sentence in Advanced Grammar in Use by Cambridge: Active: Critics have come to recognize Galdos as one of the Spain's greatest novelist. Passive: Galdos has come ...
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John has been doing work. Work has been being done by John [duplicate]

John has been doing work. Work has been being done by John. Can we make the passive of Present perfect Continuous tense? I read in different books that we can not make?
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You can not go without taking permission

I am confused by this sentence: You can not go without taking permission. How can I convert it into the passive voice? I tried this: You can not go without permission being taken. But I'm ...
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Active or passive voice - which to use?

In my software, if for some reason the installation fails, I want to display a message. Which of these is correct? Some problem occurred. The installation cannot proceed. Some problem ...
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Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
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Is the following sentence in the active or passive voice? [closed]

"The preparation for lodgment of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Department of Planning ("Planning") continues." Although I believe the previous sentence to be an agentless passive, ...
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Present simple Passive - Change in the meaning when translate from active to passive or Vice versa

I know that passives can not be formed if we don't have direct object. Except that do we have any other situation in which we cant convert active into passive OR Passive into active. From Active to ...
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present perfect tense usage [closed]

I have a question about present perfect tense. It would be great if you could help me figure that out. Today I was listening to "Everything has changed" and I noticed that when I talk about something ...
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What's the passive form of a transitive verb in imperative mood? [closed]

If I have the active-voice imperative-mood sentence, "Open your book," how do I convert that into a passive-voice construction?
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Can a text read itself or can it only be read?

Is it correct to write or say for example that As it reads on the first page of the book, ... or only the following sentences are acceptable? As it can be read on the first page of the ...
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Is this passive voice and if so, how do I change to active?

Women no longer were restricted under the control of their husbands and were able to go in pursuit for their own happiness.
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Chose best passive/active voice… 1. They greet me cheerfully every morning. a. Every morning I was greeted cheerfully. b. I am greeted cheerfull [closed]

In the questions below the sentences have been given in active/passive voice. From the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the given sentence in passive/active voice... 1. They ...
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How can I simplify this sentence? [closed]

"GHWC has solutions that address the root causes of common problems." "has solutions that" seems bulky and incorrect. I feel like it could be more active voice.
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“Fig. x depicts” vs. “As depicted in Fig. x” in scientific publications

My boss doesn't like it, if I use phrases like "Fig. x depicts" or "Fig. x shows" in scientific publications and wants me to use passive form instead. However, I didn't find any reference that the use ...
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Is 'I was kept waiting by him' correct?

In my English Wren and Martin Grammar book, the following sentence is converted from active to passive in the following way:- Active:He kept me waiting. Passive: I was kept waiting. But I was ...
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rewrite active voice to active voice, or passive to passive?

Is it possible to rewrite a sentence and retain the same 'voice'? We've been looking at active and passive voice in class, and how to rewrite from one to the other - but no one has mentioned Av to Av, ...
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Active or passive voice in too…to…?

Which of the two is the more appropriate one? The bag is too heavy to carry. The bag is too heavy to be carried. or The burger is too spicy to eat. The burger is too spicy to be ...
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Is this case Active or Passive Voice?

I'm learning English and trying to use Voices. Yesterday i had answered on StackOverflow and typed like below This file is located here I think it's the Passive Voice, but in Russian (my native ...
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Passive voice expressed by means of the active voice

I wonder what the reason is to say These cakes sell well instead of These cakes are being sold well. I understand that it’s shorter but it doesn’t work with any verb, does it? For example, The house ...
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Change “The boys kicked the ball through the window” into passive voice

I was wondering which one would feel more natural. The ball was kicked through the window by the boys. The ball was kicked by the boys through the window. Personally I feel "kicked" ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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active-passive voice related question [duplicate]

Please tell me the passive form (if there is) of the following sentence: Leave at once. ???
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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active or passive voice sentence?

Statement : Govt asked about safety of northeast community.
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More on charting tenses [closed]

I saw an interesting post on here that shows tenses in a chart. I use an even more schematic chart to explain active tenses to foreign students. Given that you are all linguists I'd like to know ...
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Is “acknowledge(accept status) sb + to + infinitive” valid?

When to acknowledge is used in the sense of to admit the gerund is used. I acknowledge having made a mistake. However, I was wondering what is the appropriate form in the sense of to accept ...
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How to convert passive voice to active voice?

I am using a proofreading plugin for Wordpress and it says that I should not use passive voice (the selected parts) in the following phrase. How can I rephrase this to use active voice? The ...
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Mix active and passive voice in the thesis

I am starting to write my thesis and was told not to use passive voice. But the active voice pronouns "I" and "we" do not sound right somehow and I even found this link How to Write... encouraging ...
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Proper use of passive and active voices? [duplicate]

My question is when passive voice is preferred over active voices and vice versa? I remember that I was taught that in scientific writings, passive voice was preferred over active voice. Is it ...
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How to change a passive sentence having transitive verb to active voice?

Suppose take this sentence: The door is opened I am not very sure that it is in passive voice. But I think so. I am struggling converting it into active voice.(If it is already in active voice, how ...
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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Verb types or mode of expression to convey lack of causality

In Biblical Hebrew there are two simple verb types (Qal grammatically active and Niphal passive) which covey no causation. They may be reflexive, permissive or tolerative or some combination. Would ...
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The use of refer to: Active or Passive? [closed]

Are the uses of the phrase 'refer to' as follows correct? The methodology in this research referred to UNESCO. The methodology in this research was referred to UNESCO. I believe what the writer ...
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“Has been changed” or “has changed”?

Debate with a fellow writer: should I say "My email ID has been changed" or "My email ID has changed"?
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Active usage of “taken aback”

The expression to be taken aback is very common; a typical example sentence (that I just made up) would be I was taken aback by the way she laughed. However, I sometimes find myself wanting to ...
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“The data misses a desired object” vs. “a desired object is being missed in the data” [closed]

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? If the data misses a desired object, then information relevant to that object do not exist in the database. If a desired object is being ...
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Human verbs for things - bad style? [closed]

In writing on an academic topic concerned with IT systems and business stuff, my aim is to write with active formulations which liven the text. But I'm noticing that I tend to use human verbs for ...
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Passive to active interrogatives

I am a high school student. While doing my weekly assignment, I came across a question which asks me to write in active voice Have they been told to be ready? Can anyone help me out with this ...
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“Issue #16 is being downloaded” vs “Downloading issue #16” [closed]

When downloading something on an application, I preferred the present continuous active voice form of the message, say something like "Downloading issue #16" However I have been asked to change it ...
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How can I use “fête” as a verb in active voice?

Oxford Dictionaries cites a verb as an entry for fête and gives a passive example. How can I use fête in the active voice? For example, can one fête an occasion with pomp and circumstance?
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Omission of agent in active voice

I love writing but grammar is seriously not my cup of tea so please forgive my ignorance. The case in point is: Henry’s eyes were gouged out by George. Is it possible to write this in active ...
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Can the passive “to be amazed” be active?

I'm trying to find a way to write a sentence with active language where a character is amazed by something without making the something the subject of the sentence. For example: "Adam opened the ...
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How to change this to active voice?

The matter was reported to the commissioner. My teacher told me that it should be The commissioner reported the matter. But I think that this is not correct since it implies the ...
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Active or passive verbs

What is the difference between the following sentences: This product is sold very well. This product sells very well. If the meaning is the same, what pragmatic difference is there?
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Using active voice without personal pronouns

When writing scientific research proposals I have been advised to try and stick to active voice because passive tends to sound indirect and to imply doubt. However, when writing in active voice, I ...
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Choice of an agent to give an active voice - me or the computer program

Background I am writing a scientific article that describes a computer program. Although it is common in the field to use a passive voice, it is also acceptable, and my preference, to diversify the ...
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When to use passive and active voice [closed]

When is it better to use passive voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use active voice in writing and speech?