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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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He was getting vs being beaten

I would need to understand the difference here: He was being beaten. He was getting beaten. I know "get" + ppt can be either passive voice or a change of state. What is that in this example? I ...
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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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Scripts ran/run/running/?

What is the correct verb construct in the following sentence? Scripts ____ under cron have an empty environment. Cron is a program that runs scripts at scheduled points in time (e.g. every ...
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“Compose” and “comprise”

The whole comprises the parts, for example The board comprises five members. and the parts compose the whole such as Five members compose the board. The preceding sentence can be written ...
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Is there a passive for the sentence “Be quiet.”?

How to say "Be quiet.", which is a command, in passive voice?
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“has been raised” or “was raised” in an academic journal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Past simple and present perfect The first line in my research is the following: Since the May 6, 2010 ``Flash Crash’’ event, the following question has been raised ...
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Alternative to “is going to be”

I want to find a synonym to "is going to be" in a sentence like: "X is going to be outdated after Y joins X". I could have chosen "will be", but I want something more incisive, and less "in the ...
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Which transitive verbs can form notional passives?

Could someone please tell me which transitive verbs can form notional passives? I only know that they are usually formed with intransitive active verbs.
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“Canalized” usage in “a great impact which can also be canalized”

I'm in doubt if this is the correct usage of the word canalized: In the US a researching team found that pure entertainment, such as TV series or movies, have a great impact which can also be ...
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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?