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Hi

Could you help me with this?

I came across these sentences while I was learning about passive voice.

I avoid seeing him.

He avoids being seen.

I don't mind teaching her.

She doesn't mind being taught.


My question

Do the sentences in passive voice sound all right in line with their active equivalents?

I somehow feel that the passive voice with the action verbs—"avoids" and "doesn't mind"—placed after the objects("him" and "her") are unnecessarily tagging them as actors.

Please give your views.

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vsureshI avoid seeing him.
He avoids being seen.
I don't mind teaching her.
She doesn't mind being taught.

The underlined sentences are correct, but they are not the passive forms of the original sentences. The passive forms, if they existed, would have to be something like "Seeing him is avoided (by me)" and "Being taught isn't minded (by her)", but these are horrible.

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vsureshI avoid seeing him. He avoids being seen.I don't mind teaching her.She doesn't mind being taught.I somehow feel that the passive voice with the action verbs—"avoids" and "doesn't mind"—placed after the objects("him" and "her") are unnecessarily tagging them as actors.

I don't follow you. The only direct objects in your examples are "him" and "her", which are objects of the subordinate clause verbs, "seeing" in [1] and "teaching in [3]. The passive counterparts would be [2] and [4]:


[1] I avoid [seeing him]. (active)

[2] I avoid [him being seen by me]. (passive)


[3] I don't mind [teaching her]. (active)

[4] I don't mind [her being taught be me]. (passive)


The passives in [2] in and [4] are unnatural-sounding and best avoided.


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vsureshHe avoids being seen.

Here are some better sentences with the passive form of the present participle.
The passive voice verb forms are underlined. All other verbs are active form. The main verb in the sentence is a catenative verb.

Burglars avoid being caught by the police by wearing dark clothes and working at night.
You can avoid being robbed by such a burglar by locking your windows and doors before going to bed.

Can you remember being frightened by ghost stories when you were little?


The teacher regrets being frustrated by her most unruly pupils.


Josephine likes being courted in an old-fashioned way.


Does your team resent being defeated every time they play away from their home field?
Yes, we can't stand being beaten.

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GPYbut they are not the passive forms of the original sentences.

I felt so. Thank you.

GPY"Seeing him is avoided (by me)" and "Being taught isn't minded (by her)", but these are horrible.

I understand.


Thank you for your views.

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And, is passive voice for future continuous possible?

She will be doing this work this evening.

This work will be being done by this evening. (?)

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BillJ[1] I avoid [seeing him].
[2] I avoid [him being seen by me].
[3] I don't mind [teaching her]. (active)
[4] I don't mind [her being taught be me].
(passive)The passives in [2] in and [4] are unnatural-sounding and best avoided.

Thank you, BillJ.

Your passive voice sentences have answered my questions. They don't distort the meaning.

Let me explain:

In the original passive voice sentences( the ones I posted), I felt meaning of the active was not conveyed in passive.

(I avoid seeing him. He avoids being seen me) ??

While in active voice "him" is the object, in the passive where it should be again passive. But, "He avoids being seen me" sounded odd to me

Even in the second sentence, the active voice clearly states she does not do anything. But, the passive begins "She doesn't mind..."


Please give your views.

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vsuresh

And, is passive voice for future continuous possible?

She will be doing this work this evening.

This work will be being done by this evening. (?) No, " being" can not be applied in this sentence. Future application is rare, that is not grammatical.

vsuresh

And, is passive voice for future continuous possible?

She will be doing this work this evening.

This work will be being done by this evening. (?)

"will be being done" is theoretically possible but feels pretty horrible. I recommend that you avoid it.

You added "by" for no apparent reason.

anonymousNo, " being" can not be applied in this sentence. Future application is rare, that is not grammatical.

Thank you

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