He was inspired to write a book

bamboo--tw

Senior Member
ROC/Mandarin
He was inspired to write a book about his long trip through India.


Hi,
The above sentence doesn't seem to be complete for me. I mean, what inspired him? If this is not specifized, I find it is imcomplete. Do you agree with that? Thanks.
 
  • zspan

    Member
    English - California
    I find the sentence is complete. Presumably if this sentence were part of a larger work we would find out what inspired him to write but it is not necessary to add that information in this sentence.
     

    anothersmith

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    The form "he was inspired" is called the passive voice. It deliberately does not identify the actor. The active voice would be: "______ inspired him."

    Your reaction is understandable. You should know, however, that the passive voice is used fairly often in English. (See, I just used it!)
     
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