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07 Apr 2005 21:39 PDT
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What is the appropriate description to the below sentence? Your machine has been repaired, and it will be returned to you today. a. Both clauses are in active voice. b. Both clauses are in passive voice. c. The first clause is active; the second clause is passive. d. The first clause is passive; the second clause is active.
Answered By: richard-ga on 07 Apr 2005 21:48 PDT
Hello The answer would be choice b. Although one is past tense and the other is future tense, both are passive. "Most English verbs have two voices, the Active and the Passive. Learn the difference between these two, noting carefully that this is not a matter of tense (present, past, or future) but deals with the question of whether or not the subject is the source or the recipient of the action in the verb." http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/grammar/passives.htm [Tense ] [Passive voice form ] Present it is cleaned Past it was cleaned Future it will be cleaned Present perfect it has been cleaned Past perfect it had been cleaned Future perfect it will have been cleaned http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:5QhoFD59x1sJ:www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/grammar/active_and_passive_voice.htm+grammar+passive+%22has+been&hl=en Thanks again for letting us help. Richard-ga
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