I recently received a marked assessment from my teacher, and I think I might have been mismarked on a question. The question asks : "Identify and analyse two examples of passive in the text". One of the examples I quoted was as follows: (transcript of radio) "The Success isn't er fitted er with that type of capability."

I was marked wrong on this one, but I'm pretty sure it's passive, unless it could be interpreted as having "fitted" as an adjective referring to the state of being "fitted", in which case it would be active?

However, because of the predicate "with that capability", I have good reason to interpret "is [not] fitted" as the verb of the sentence, in which case it is passive.

Hence my post here to see if there would be any general consensus on its classification.

Thanks! :)

  • What are the "er"s around "fitted"? – coldnumber Jul 7 '15 at 1:42
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    @ColdNumber That's how the Old World spells uh. – StoneyB Jul 7 '15 at 2:04
  • @ColdNumber - since it's a radio transcript, there are non-fluency features. – zalgo Jul 7 '15 at 2:34

I agree that it's passive. The active form would be something like "nobody fitted the Success with that capability".

  • I agree, also. If "fitted" were an adjective, it could be modified by "very", but we couldn't have *"The Success was very fitted with that capability." – Greg Lee Jul 12 '15 at 18:21

The Success isn't fitted with that type of capability." 'is/isn't plus a past tense verb do become the main verb of a sentence. 'with' begins a prepositional phase. It is not the predicate. The sentence uses a linking verb (is/isn't) and a predicate adjective (fitted). "The candle is lit," is linking verb and pred. Adj. "The candle WAS lit (by someone)," is passive. "Success isn't guaranteed by effort."

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