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Grammar: By Zombies

Last post before Christmas.  And a handy bit of advice from the English Grammar Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrammarUpdates) page via my sister.  An easy way to identify the passive voice (where the object comes before the subject in the sentence, producing a slightly deadening construction) is to see whether you can add the words ‘by zombies’ after the verb.  Thus:

  1. We attended the meeting (by zombies) – Active
  2. The meeting was attended (by zombies) by us. – Passive

Or even:

  1. Zombies taught (by zombies) us about the passive voice.
  2. We were taught (by zombies) by zombies about the passive voice.

Next post on 6th Jan.  See you in the New Year.

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Who Knew?

I have been reading ‘Grammar for Grown-Ups’ by Katherine Fry and Rowena Kirton. Highly recommended. Now, if a partner says, ‘I have been seeing someone else,’ I will be able to say, ‘I notice you are using the present perfect continuous tense.’