Way of an expression

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Bhikkhu1991, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Bhikkhu1991 Senior Member

    Chinese
    Hello,




    Sentence A. I am having difficulty in changing the first independent clause of the sentence into an active one as well as in changing the second independent clause of the same sentence into a passive one.




    Could you help me to arrange the above sentence A correctly, please?



    I am having a sentence containing two independent clauses, one passive clause and one active clause, and I want to form two sentences, one active sentence and one passive one. I am trying to say that I want to change the first part of the passive sentence, an independent clause, into an active form so that I can form a fully active sentence. After that I want to change the second part of the active sentence, an independent clause, into a passive form so that I can form a fully passive sentence.





    Thank you.


    With best wishes.
     
  2. cropje_jnr

    cropje_jnr Senior Member

    Canberra, Australia
    English - Australia
    OK, I think I understand what you're trying to do. Is it:

    I am having difficulty in changing the first independent clause of the sentence into an active one. Changing the second independent clause of the same sentence into a passive one is also presenting me some difficulties.

    ?

    The first sentence is active, the second passive. Is this what you were aiming to do, or is there another 'sentence A' you forgot to insert? :)
     
  3. Bhikkhu1991 Senior Member

    Chinese
    Hello cropje_jnr,


    I greatly appreciate your way of expression. In fact, your expression is what I wanted, but the final part of your reply is irrelevant.


    Thank you.


    With best wishes.
     
  4. Bhikkhu1991 Senior Member

    Chinese
    Hello cropje_jnr,


    According to Oxford Advanced Learned's Dictionary( 7th edition), the use of 'present somebody' requires 'with' immediately after them whereas 'present something' requires no particle immeidiately after them. Thus I suggest you can express it in either the following ways:


    1. Changing the second independent clause of the same sentence into a passive one is also presenting me with some difficulties.


    2. Changing the second independent clause of the same sentence into a passive one is also presenting some difficulties.


    Thank you.


    With best wishes.
     

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