The dog ate its master's food and was punished by his master for the misbehaviour.
AnonymousThe dog ate its master's food and was punished by his master for the misbehaviour.
(It's gonna sound dumb!)
The dog ate its hismaster's food and the master punished him for the misbehavior.Emotion: embarrassed
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More dumb!
The master's food was eaten by his dog, so he punished him.

Hi, Mr. Tom,
The problem here is that you have two actions and two actors. Now you've rendered the first clause in the passive voice.
It seems that in order to have both actions in the active voice, you need two independent clauses, nameing each actor as a subject.

Best wishes, - A.Emotion: smile
Dumb and dumber! Emotion: smile

The dog ate its his master's food and was punished for the misbehavior.

Though it's not explicitly stated that the master did the punishing, I think that's what most people would infer.


EDIT (to clarify the comment above):
I agree with Avangi about using "his" rather than "its", and I also think the original sentence sounds awkward with "by his master". In addition, I don't think the "was punished" part of the sentence should be transformed. To me, that will worsen the sentence.

However, if you are going to force a transformation of the passive "was punished" into the active form, then I agree with Avangi's suggestion.
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I guess I'm really missing something here.
(a) the dog ate the master's food
(b) the master punished the dog

(two actions, two actors)

Re active and passive, you have four choices:
(1) both actions in active voice
(2) both actions in passive voice
(3) action a. in active voice and action b. in passive voice
(4) action a. in passive voice and action b. in active voice

The assignment is to convert passive voice to active voice.
I suppose we could simultaneously convert active voice to passive voice, but it doesn't say so.

The original example is combination 3.
My solution was combination 1.
MrTom came back with combination 4. I told him it was unacceptable.
Combination 2. has not been used, but would be:
The master's food was eaten by the dog, who was punished for the misbehavior.Emotion: angry[bah]
Hi Avangi

Sorry for the confusion. My comment simply had to do with the fact that I saw "by the master" as being awkward and unnecessary in the original sentence.
AvangiI guess I'm really missing something here.
You missed that because I didn't explicitly say it in my previous post. Emotion: dog

(I think you know I have a pet peeve about transformation sentences that sound forced or unnatural.)
I suppose you could say,
"The master punished the dog for eating his food," but "his" is ambiguous, and I have no idea whether the non-finite verb/PP/gerund is considered "active voice."
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I've now edited my first post so that it (hopefully) won't be misinterpreted.
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