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I'd choose the latter phrasing, "my file is being erased automatically", because the first construction is ambiguous and could also mean either of the following: my file is self-erasing my file has an automatic erasure feature (erasing taken as a gerund)
No, this sentence is active. For a sentence to be passive, it has to contain a form of be and a past participle (like broken, worked, begun), but the main verb is simply alleges, an active form. What you probably mean is that the subject of the sentence (Count I) is not an agent, but something that can't really "do" anything. But that is about meaning only: ...
Let me walk you through it. What bridges? Certain specific bridges? Or all the bridges we know of? Hmm. Okay, we do know know that the Romans built some bridges. They had the know-how, and their engineering was top-notch. Now let's imagine we're standing on a riverbank, taking in the sights. We can see two bridges of unmistakably Roman design. Someone ...
You would emphasize a form of the verb be, such as: The bridges were built by the Romans! Alternatively, you could insert another word for emphasis, such as: The bridges were indeed built by the Romans! As far as I can tell, did is only ever used in the active voice.
Strictly speaking, this issue is a matter of opinion. But I think it's worth noting these figures from Google Books... (more formal versions) 1: I am always asked that - 91 2: I am always being asked that - 7 (more colloquial versions) 3: I'm always asked that - 57 4: I'm always being asked that - 15 You might say the sample size is ...
Active voice is generally easier to understand, and it makes clear who/what is doing what to whom/what. A general rule of thumb is to use passive voice only when using the active voice makes little sense or is unclear. In such cases there is often no clear subject or no subject that is significant or interesting. This rule of thumb applies equally well to ...
In an active voice subject is the DOER of action and object is the RECEIVER of action. To be precise, the subject acts and the object is acted upon. One who is affected most is direct object and the other in an indirect fashion is indirect object. The irony of the situation is that the predicator(the verb)if it is a ditransitive verb, takes indirect object ...
Personally, I would replace "yelled at" with "reprimanded". For example, "If you do that, you might get reprimanded". If the word "reprimanded" is too ambiguous for that context, I would use "verbally reprimanded".
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