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Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 17:10
can anyone help me with this? this is from manhattan gmat. there is a error in the sentence and it should be rewritten.

Question was:
We are walking all over the countrysidesince last weekend

Rewritten as:
We have been walking all over the countryside since last weekend.

My question is...Is this now rewritten as passive voice?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 18:45
Yes, have been walking is in passive voice.
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 18:49
this not a passive voice.
Just that the tense of the sentence of the changed to present perfect continuous.

for a sentence to be passive, the subject has some action done to it by the obect.
but here, the subject clearly does the action and clearly object doesnt come into picture.

Please correct me if wrong.
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 19:06
You're right. The correct version of that sentence uses the present perfect progressive. The problem with the original version is that "...are walking" and "...since last week" don't go together.

The sentence has nothing to do with the passive voice.

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this not a passive voice.
Just that the tense of the sentence of the changed to present perfect continuous.

for a sentence to be passive, the subject has some action done to it by the obect.
but here, the subject clearly does the action and clearly object doesnt come into picture.

Please correct me if wrong.
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 20:02
Then why not use, "We Have Walked" instead of "Have Been Walking"...I guess I don't understand where the "Been" comes from. Past Progressive is Have + Past Participle, so how does the been get added?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 10:26
Anyone? Is "have" the present perfect of "are"?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 10:34
You are right about the form of the past progressive. However think about what the sentence is trying to say:

"We have walked all over the countryside since last weekend" [and are walking no more]

or

"We have been walking all over the countryside since last weekend" [and continue to walk]

I believe the original sentence is trying to convey the latter, therefore the usage of the present perfect continuous is more appropriate.
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 10:38
jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
can anyone help me with this? this is from manhattan gmat. there is a error in the sentence and it should be rewritten.

Question was:
We are walking all over the countrysidesince last weekend

Rewritten as:
We have been walking all over the countryside since last weekend.

My question is...Is this now rewritten as passive voice?


thats not in passive mood rather in present perfert tense.
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 10:56
So what is "Been"? Is that the present perfect of "Are"?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 11:01
Yes, sort of.

The "been" makes the tense present perfect continuous (or present perfect progressive) which signifies that the action described is still going on.

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So what is "Been"? Is that the present perfect of "Are"?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 11:04
Hmm...I thought the -ing ending makes it continuous?
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Re: Is this in a passive voice? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 11:16
Yes, but you can't use the -ing ending in the present perfect without adding "been" can you?

"We are walking" is fine and in present continuous. But "We have walking" is clearly wrong. "We have been walking" however does make sense.

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Hmm...I thought the -ing ending makes it continuous?
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