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Middle alternation with stative verbs

Is there any semantic difference between the following sentences? I frighten easily. I'm easily frightened. Do they mean the same? Or sentence 1 means that I cause myself to be frightened and ...
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middle voice vs passive voice

Many verbs can be both transitive and intransitive. The glass broke. The glass was broken. The door opened/closed. The door was opened/closed. And I was told there is a semantic difference in the ...
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Is it right to use "is mixed" in this sentence?

The smoke of the factories, ships, and machines ____(mix) with the early rays of the sun to create a sort of beauty that is "both surprising and charming". I filled in the blank with its ...
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"The water filled the container" [duplicate]

I have a question regarding terminology. In English, we can say "I filled the container with water", in which the subject is an agent. But you may also say "The water filled the ...
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Verbs that can be used as both passive and active in the same form - how to determine if a verb is a such one? [duplicate]

Some English verbs can be used in the same form in both active and passive meaning. E.g.: (active) I change the world - (passive) the world changes (i.e is being changed). (active) I open the door - (...
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Using Verbs With Inanimate Objects

I have two ways to write the same sentence: The writing sings. The writing is musical. To me, the first sounds a lot better. It's better, I think, because I'm using a verb to describe what the ...
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Did Old English have a middle voice or mediopassive voice?

I've read that Icelandic and Old Norse have a middle voice, so I wanted to know if either or both of these distinct grammatical features existed in Old English. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why isn't the verb to be used: The house sold for more than expected. [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the construction of these two sentences and would appreciate any help/thoughts: The house sold for more than expected. The house fetched more than expected. To me ...
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What is the name for the 'object' of a middle voice? [duplicate]

In the sentence 'John weighed the letter', the letter is the direct object of the predicate weighed. In the sentence 'The letter was blue', blue is a predicative nominal. In the sentence 'The letter ...
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Passive voice expressed by means of the active voice

I wonder what the reason is to say These cakes sell well instead of These cakes are being sold well. I understand that it’s shorter but it doesn’t work with any verb, does it? For example, The house ...
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