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A company invested by someone

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sophiasophie, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. sophiasophie Senior Member

    If a company is established with the investment from someone, can I say that such company is invested by him/her? I guess not, but is there a simpler way to say a comapny is established with the investment from someone?
  2. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    I think we could say tha the company was 'invested in by [someone]'. "Founding" seems to be another idea, hence, "The company was founded with/on an investment of 10 million by
    Jack Davis."

    Jack Davis founded the company with his own money/investment.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
  3. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    Founding and investing are two different things (although they may be done by the same person). I could set up a company with my own money, with other people's money, or with a combination (mine and others').
  4. sophiasophie Senior Member

    Thank you very much.
  5. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    English (American)
    As you have found out here and elsewhere, if a verb requires a preposition or particle in the active voice, you cannot omit it in the passive voice. Sometimes this means that you cannot make a suitable passive construction at all.

    I spoke to him.
    He was spoken by me. :cross:
    He was spoken to by me. :tick: (but a bit awkward)

    I gave up smoking.
    Smoking was given by her. :cross:
    Smoking was given up by her. :tick: (but extremely awkward and unnatural)

    I spoke the password to him.
    He was spoke the password by me. :cross:
    [There is no possible recasting with "he" as the subject.]
  6. sophiasophie Senior Member


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