The man was tested positive for Ebola.


Hello everyone

Lately I have read some articles about the Ebola outbreak, and I many times
found the sentence like "the man tests positive for Ebola." I understand and agree that
the structure of it is not in the passive one. But I wonder if I want to make up a sentence that conveys
the meaning that he "got" a test (or was involved in a test for Ebola) would the sentence "The man was tested positive for Ebola"

Thanks so much :)
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    When one "tests positive" for a disease the test has discovered the organism for which it was carried out, indicating that the person tested does indeed have the disease. If all you want to say is that a test was administered (with no mention of the outcome), it's simply "he was tested for Ebola."
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