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I have to find a passive sentence in this bit of text, and I can't really find any...! I have to identify one passive construction and then rewrite it in the active voice.

Watching the English — The hidden rules of English behaviour by Kate Fox



"I don't see why anthropologists feel that they have to travel to remote corners of the world and get dysentery in order to study strange tribal cultures with bizarre beliefs and mysterious customs, when the weirdest, most puzzling tribe of all is right here on our doorstep."

In “Watching the English”, Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and Byzantine codes of behaviour. Her minute observation of the way we talk, dress, eat, drink, work, play, shop, drive, flirt, fight, queue – and moan about it all – exposes the hidden rules that we all unconsciously obey.

The rules of weather-speak. The Importance of Not Being Earnest rule. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex-apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class-anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo. Humour rules. Pub etiquette. Table manners. The rules of bogside reading. The dangers of excessive moderation. The eccentric-sheep rule. The English 'social dis-ease'.

Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments, using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig, Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.

“Watching the English” is written with an insider's knowledge, but from an outsider's perspective. If you are English, it will make you stand back and re-examine everything you normally take for granted, discover just how English you really are – and laugh ruefully at yourself. If you are not English, you can laugh without squirming, you will finally understand all our peculiar little ways, and, if you wish, you can become as English as we are. Englishness is not a matter of birth, race, colour or creed: it is a mindset, based on a set of behaviour-codes that anyone can decipher and apply – now that Kate Fox has provided the key.

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I have one suspicion, and that's "Watching the english is written with an insider's knowledge, but from an outsider's perspective." - is this a passive? 

Thanks!
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AnonymousI have one suspicion, and that's "Watching the english is written with an insider's knowledge, but from an outsider's perspective." - is this a passive?
Yes, it is.
AnonymousI have one suspicion, and that's "Watching the english is written with an insider's knowledge, but from an outsider's perspective." - is this a passive?

Yes, that's it, but you can't re-write it in the active voice because it would be ungrammatical: *'Writes "Watching the English" with an insider's knowledge'. This particular kind of clause is called a short passive clause. Short passives like this enable us to leave out the subject of the equivalent active clause, perhaps because we have no idea who it is, or it may not be relevant. Or, as in this particular case, because the author (Kate Fox) has already been identified in an earlier part of the text so it would be superfluous to restate it.

BillJ
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BillJOr, as in this particular case, because the author (Kate Fox) has already been identified in an earlier part of the text so it would be superfluous to restate it.
Well that's a matter of style, not of grammar.
The subject can easily be the pronoun "she," if you don't want to repeat her name.
Okay, thank you. But can you identify another passive that I can rewrite? Because I seriously cannot find another passive, and there must be more, because in the assignment text it says "identify at least one passive construction and rewrite it in the active voice".

It can't be this one the teacher wants us to find if it can't be rewritten in the active voice - unless the point is to make me realize that and explain why it's not possible... But that would be weird. 

Anyone?
It can be re-wriiten in active voice. That was my point in commenting on Bill's statement. It is a stylistic choice that the author made in writing this sentence in passive voice, not a limitation of grammar.

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