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Passive voice [#permalink] New post 04 May 2006, 03:51
can please somebody explain to me how to figure out that the sentence is in passive voice, active voice, subjunctive mood,etc with examples.
It will help me to get a better grip on SC.
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Re: Passive voice [#permalink] New post 04 May 2006, 07:15
amansingla4 wrote:
can please somebody explain to me how to figure out that the sentence is in passive voice, active voice, subjunctive mood,etc with examples.
It will help me to get a better grip on SC.


Active voice - the subject gives the action

ex. I ate the bread

Passive voice - the subject receives the action

ex. the bread was eaten by me

These two sentences mean the same thing but the 'tone' is different

Subjunctive mood - Most likely, wishful thinking

Ex. If I were rich, I would be happy
Ex. If Sarah weren't late, we would have made to the movie in time.

Notice that the verb is always "plural verb"

Also, I suggest you get the Manhattan GMAT SC book, its a must!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2006, 07:34
Just one minor correction that would cost you a point on GMAT. :lol:

If Sarah had not been late, we would have made ...x
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2006, 08:27
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Just one minor correction that would cost you a point on GMAT. :lol:

If Sarah had not been late, we would have made ...x


Thanks...Its early and I haven't had my coffee yet :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2006, 21:08
Thanks for the explaination in simple terms.
Does somebody have Manhattan GMAT SC book. will be grateful if somebody can len it to me for few weeks.
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