New answers tagged passive-voice
No. Although did can be used for emphasis with many verbs, there are a few where it is not. For example, idiomatic uses include I did do that (even though you think I forgot). I did have it (but I've since lost it). I did go there (and I even bought a souvenir). But not *I did can... *I did be... *I did will... For all of these you need to use the ...
I think you're missing some punctuation or, perhaps, a conjunction. Consider: "Computer games, designed to involve many players at once, have proliferated; such games were first developed before the widespread availability of high-speed internet connections." In this sentence, 'designed' and 'developed' are verbs. Using a conjunction (that), you ...
I gather that you're puzzled because you've analyzed 1a. I am opposed to slavery as the passive transposition of 1b. I oppose slavery. But that's wrong. The passive transposition would take the direct object of 1b (slavery) and make it the subject and take the subject of 1b (I) and make it the object of the preposition by. (While, of course ...
There are different ways of saying the same thing. For example: He agrees to meet on Friday. He's agreeable to meeting on Friday. It'll take time to accustom myself to the changes. It'll take time to get accustomed to the changes. There are many such examples. The same holds true for vocabulary. For example yesterday evening and last night.
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