New answers tagged passive-voice
I don't see an "agent" performing an action on an "object," thus a passive wouldn't be normally used to express this.
Four test tubes of reagent A were prepared, to receive H2O, urea standard solution, plasma A or plasma B respectively. (20 words) Adding is generally used to introduce one reagent to another. You wouldn't generally add a reagent to a test tube, so I prepared them. We're then talking about the test tubes, not "reagent A", so again the test samples ...
Reagent A was added to four test tubes. Then H2O, urea standard solution, plasma A, or plasma B was added to the four respectively. (24 words)
Thanks to @Marius Hancu and @Dan Bron, I modified my previous web searches and found what I was looking for: E-Prime, aka "English Prime": the English language without the verb "to be". D. David Bourland, Jr. described it in a 1965 essay entitled A Linguistic Note: Writing in E-Prime. As presented in Wikipedia: E-prime does not allow the conjugations ...
__Is this general advice about avoiding overuse of the verb to be discussed elsewhere Sure: A Grammar Book for You and I-- Oops, Me!: All the Grammar ... C. Edward Good - 2002 OVERUSE OF TO BE Let's look at a real-world example of overusing to be, one drawn from the law. Search Google Books for: "overuse of to be" grammar for such ...
Only The equipment should not be overloaded. is valid. Use the past participle ("overloaded'). If this is formal, do not use contractions. For instruction on the passive voice and examples, read several of the threads here.
A text can ‘read itself’, yes. As others have pointed out, read can be either active or mediopassive (which maps roughly, but not exactly, to transitive and intransitive uses). But if it used mediopassively, the text that ‘reads itself’ has to be the actual subject; otherwise, you would use say instead of read. In your example, the subject it is a kind of ...
Constructions such as The book reads well. are classic examples of the mediopassive voice in English.
"read" can be both transitive and intransitive and, depending on context, can have several meanings. MW - To answer you question in a more didatical way, I've selected the two meanings that seem to be confusing you: to look at and understand the meaning of letters, words, symbols, etc. I can't read what you have written. (transitive verb) I like to ...
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