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The word is fête, not fete, and it is a transitive verb with many “active” citations in the OED: fête /feɪt/, v. Etymology: ad. Fr. fêter, f. fête: see prec. trans. To entertain (a person) at a fête; to feast; also, to give a fête in honour of, commemorate (some event, etc.) by a fête. 1819 Edin. Rev. XXXII. 221 ― He was in general too ...


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Both are possible, grammatical, and idiomatic, but "my email ID has changed" simply means that the ID is no longer the same, while "my email ID has been changed" puts more stress on the fact that someone is responsible for actively changing the ID.


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Andrew Leach's explanation is sound as far as how you might go about doing this, but the answers all sound awkward and goofy. I think this points to a bigger point that you shouldn't do this. Consider the reasons for using passive voice. The whole idea of passive voice is inverting the emphasis between subject and object, so it just doesn't make a whole ...


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The matter was reported to the commissioner. and The commissioner reported the matter. mean different things. To change to the active voice while retaining the meaning would be something like this: The commisioner received the report of the matter. This is a more verbose way to say it, and it is a more complicated and less natural ...


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You're right when you say that The commissioner reported the matter. Implies the commissioner was the one reporting the matter. It is only correct if the objective was to use the active voice. The active voice requires that the subject of the sentence is performing some action. Your original sentence, The matter was reported to the commissioner ...


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I don't believe such a structure exists in English. If Adam's the subject of the sentence, you need a passive construction to capture the effect of something else on him.


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To omit George and not use someone or somebody, I think you would probably need to use the passive voice: Henry's eyes were carved out. To omit George and use an active voice, you could try changing the verb. I'm not entirely sure of the context, but you could say something like: Henry suffered great violence to his eyes, wounds inflicted by a carving ...


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The question touches on several issues. Stated as it is, there's no single answer. However, many of the issues touched on are fairly well understood. First, terminology. Passive refers to a syntactic process only. It does not refer to meaning. Consequently one cannot "express the Passive voice by means of the active voice". Or by any means. Passive is not ...


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Strictly speaking, a passive version of your imperative would be: School be gone to (by you)! However: pragmatically, this is not absolutely equivalent, because you are in effect 'commanding' the school rather than the person (but this is always the case with active/passive pairs: they will involve shifts in focus/emphasis/scope and are never ...


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A suitable reference is English Practice. Where the verb is intransitive, as you note, the passive form is different. To create the passive, you need an object to turn into the subject of be. Active: Bring it home. Passive: Let it be brought home. Active: Please help me. Passive: Let me be helped. Passive: You are requested to help me. ...


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The expression may well be found more often in the passive than the active, but that is not to say there is anything nonstandard about the active form. One of the characters in Jerome’s ‘Three Men In A Boat’ says Blest if it didn't quite take me aback. You could say that that was in a colloquial context, but that doesn’t make it nonstandard. The same applies ...


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They give the same meaning, but not the same emphasis. The active form foregrounds the data, while the passive form foregrounds the desired object.


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Fete as a transitive verb means: (Chambers) To entertain at a feast To honour with festivities So you can't fete occasions, but you can certainly fete people. She feted her guests at the party. We have to fete our soldiers.


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The meaning is not the same. (And I think you mean "practical" instead of "pragmatic" as well.) This product is sold very well. That statement implies little about the product, and more about the person selling it. Nevertheless, it is poorly constructed and something a native speaker would not be likely to say. You could use the passive voice to say ...


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Well, if you're that bothered about avoiding personal pronouns, you can always say "The author", "The researcher" etc. It's really a matter of preference; not all scientists think there's anything terribly wrong with good old-fashioned words like "I" and "we"... You may also want to see if you can actually find a scientific study attesting to the perceived ...


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FOO uses addition to determine Y If you wish to use active voice, this is the best construction. "We" and other first-person pronouns are generally discouraged in academic papers. I think that giving agency to Foo makes it easier to write, but then my text becomes 'FOO does this ... FOO does that' and the page starts to look awkward. Perhaps it is ...


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I was taught that whether to use active voice or passive voice depends on what you want to put the emphasis on. Sometimes it's the subject, other times it's the object.


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As @ChrisSunami says, if a person judging or grading your paper says "this is the standard", then I'd follow that standard. You could find some authority that disagrees and argue about it, but what would you gain? Even if you forced the person to concede, he might then be annoyed with you and be looking for ways to mark you down. There's no point starting an ...


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If you're committed to a single word, I would look at the reflexive verbs lull, quiet, or ease. Soothe would work. The resulting sentence would be something like, "I lull myself by the river." "She quiets herself by the river." But, if you want a single unreflexive verb, I would use unwind or relax (somewhat obvious). "I unwind by the ...


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I'd go with #1. "Kicked through the window" is a very specific image, and breaking it up makes it less clear. (Think about it this way: The boys aren't through the window; the kicked ball was.)


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They mean different things. The first means that the methodology mentioned UNESCO. The second means that the methodology was passed to UNESCO. At least, it would if the verb showed agreement with the subject, as it does when rewritten as ‘The methodology in this research was referred to UNESCO. It isn't clear from your examples in isolation exactly what ...


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I would say that unless you can add a subject The system discards the invalid profile and creates a new fresh profile. The moderator discards the invalid profile and creates a new fresh profile. then the passive here works fine, because the only construction(s) I could formulate would be clunkier: The invalid profiles undergoes deletion and ...


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You can omit the agent if you use the passive (Henry's eyes were carved out), but not in the active unless you use a dummy subject. But then you would end up with something weird like: There was a carving out of Henry's eyes. Actually, the example itself is weird. Are we talking about a sculpture here?


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Technically speaking, the answers offered so far aren't the only possibilities. One might also suggest "Have you/she/we/they/folks told them to be ready?" According to common rules, those forms are "supposed" to be translated into the passive like this: "Have they been told to be ready by you/her/us/them?" But these questions are artificial ...


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To be in the active voice, the sentence needs a definite subject. That is, you need to say who opens the door. If you don't know who does it, you could use: Somebody opens the door. Sentences like "the door is opened" can be parsed in two ways: as passive voice present tense, or with "opened" being an adjective and "is" a copular verb. This parsing ...


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There is a preference for use of the passive in certain scientific genres, where the identity of the agent is irrelevant. For instance, if you describe an experimental procedure in the passive, you invite the reader to infer that, in your opinion, if they do what you did, then they’ll get the same result. That is, you suppress expression of your personal ...


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This is a tough question. I have faced it myself. You are caught in a tug-of-war between differing schools of thought in the matter. Unfortunately, it is likely that at least one professor on your dissertational committee feels strongly in the matter. Fortunately, if you just accept your advisor's advice in the matter, then the professor in question will ...



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