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Passives: Verbs with object + infinitive

Most verbs can be followed by object + infinitive. Most of these structures can be made passive.

  • I told them to behave. (active)
  • They were told to behave. (passive)
  • I asked him to send me a letter. (active)
  • He was asked to send me a letter. (passive)
  • They thought him to be a traitor. (active)
  • He was thought to be a traitor. (passive)




All active verbs cannot be followed by object + infinitive. The verb say is one of them. With say the infinitive structure is only possible in the passive.

  • Their marriage is said to be in trouble. (BUT NOT People say their marriage to be in trouble.)
Category: Active and passive voice | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-01-07)
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