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Can't we make a passive with "arrange" like #2?

1. "Alastair arranged to take Kathy to the station."

2. "Kathy was arranged to be taken to the station."

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Tara2Can't we make a passive with "arrange" like #2?

It abides by the transformation rules of English grammar, but no native speaker would utter that sentence.

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Tara2Kathy was arranged

No, no. There is nothing in the first sentence that says that somebody arranged Kathy, so you can't say that Kathy was arranged. By arranging to take her to the station, Alistair didn't "arrange Kathy".

Transforming this one to passive in the usual manner results in a very bad (ungrammatical) sentence:

*To take Kathy to the station was arranged by Alistair.

About the best you can do is this, changing "arranged" to "made arrangements":

Arrangements for taking Kathy to the station were made by Alistair.

If you want the "Kathy" part in the passive as well:

Arrangements for Kathy to be taken to the station were made by Alistair.


But you can make "arranged" passive if you have a real direct object, here the trip to the station.

Alistair arranged the trip to the station for Kathy.
The trip to the station was arranged for Kathy by Alistair.

CJ

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Thanks a lot AS!

That sentence doesn't make sense to you natives?

You could say "It was arranged that Alastair (would/should) take Kathy to the station."

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Tara2That sentence doesn't make sense to you natives?

No, it doesn't. However, are you aware that you can use "arrange" in the passive in other sentences?

For example:

It was arranged for him to be flown to Rome as soon as possible.

Their marriage has been arranged by the village elders.

Thanks a lot teechr!

That's because of "Kathy" in the begin of the sentence that doesn't make sense, right?

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Thank you sooo much CJ for the good explanation Emotion: smile

Tara2That's because of "Kathy" in the begin of the sentence that doesn't make sense, right

It's because we never arrange people. We arrange meetings, weddings, and marriages, but people cannot be arranged.

Kathy's wedding was arranged by Sweet Wedding Planners, Ltd.

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