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Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I hope your English will be greatly improved.

I wonder if this passive voice usage of the phrase is fine here?

Context: someone told me she's going to study English in a language training school. And I said it as an encouragement.

Thanks a lot
 
  • Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    But English here is not a person but a language, right.

    I still think the passive voice here is better.
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    It sounds more idiomatic in the active voice, unless you add a clause to indicate the agent: "... your English will be greatly improved by such studies." (This, on the other hand, sounds much more formal than conversational.)
     

    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    It sounds more idiomatic in the active voice, unless you add a clause to indicate the agent: "... your English will be greatly improved by such studies." (This, on the other hand, sounds much more formal than conversational.)
    Thanks a lot.
     

    Susan Y

    Senior Member
    British English
    Hello, Silver. We tend to think of the passive voice as rather formal, and don't use it much in conversation. As Kwistax says, it is better to use the active voice here, although I would change the word order to "Your English will improve greatly."

    (Cross posted with Glenfarcias).
     
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