Change into Active to Passive Voice.

He decided to sell the car.
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Hi Ravik;

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Why would you want to change this to passive?
The verb "decide" is a not transitive, so a passive version is not possible.

BillJ
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ravikumarkarnChange into Active to Passive Voice.
Sorry. This doesn't make sense.

You either change a sentence from active to passive voice or from passive to active voice.

(You can't change that sentence anyway.)

CJ
BillJThe verb "decide" is a not transitive, so a passive version is not possible.

BillJ
How about this?

In the meeting it was decided by a majority of the members that the fees were too high and should be reduced.
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BillJThe verb "decide" is a not transitive, so a passive version is not possible.
BillJ
How about this?
In the meeting it was decided by a majority of the members that the fees were too high and should be reduced.
Transitivity applies to the uses of verbs. Many verbs can occur with or without an object and therefore can be transitive or intransitive. In the OP’s example, “decide” is being used intransitively, as evidenced by the fact that its complement is not an object. A passive version is therefore not possible:*”To sell the car was decided by him”.

“Decide" is a dual-transtivity verb: it can be used transitively to yield, for example, the active “The jury decided their fate” or the passive “Their fate was decided by the jury”. And it can be used intransitively to give "They decided to go to the cinema"

Some constructions, like yours with subject extraposition, permit the passive only.

BillJ
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Thanks, Bill. I just wanted to clarify for the OP that decide does have its intransitive uses.

Regards,

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BillJThe verb "decide" is a not transitive, so a passive version is not possible.
In my grammar decide is clearly transitive in the sentence He decided to sell the car. Its object is to sell the car. (What did he decide? To sell the car.) I agree that a passive version isn't possible.

CB
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BillJThe verb "decide" is a not transitive, so a passive version is not possible.
In my grammar decide is clearly transitive in the sentence He decided to sell the car. Its object is to sell the car. (What did he decide? To sell the car.) I agree that a passive version isn't possible. CB
In this case a passive isn't possible precisely because "decide" is not being used transitively and therefore has no object that can become the subject of a passive version.

A direct object is normally a noun phrase as in "He sold the car". Some subordinate clauses can be objects, but they are essentially only found in complex-transitive clauses:

"This made selling the car an unpleasant experience". The underlined subordinate clause is object and predicand for the predicative complement "an unpleasant experience". The point here is that the subordinate clause could be replaced by an NP object to give "This made the sale an unpleasant experience" where "the sale" is object and "an unpleasant experience" is an objective predicative complement.

The correct analysis of "He decided to sell the car" is that it's a catenative construction where "decide" is a catenative verb and the subordinate clause "to sell the car" is a catenative complement (NOT a direct object).

Your grammar is incorrect in this instance.

BillJ
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