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Are both these sentences correct, and do they mean the same:


a) "He was placed 3rh in the race."


b) "He placed 3rh in the race."



Note: By this, I mean he was the 3rd person to cut the finishing line.

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You need the passive voice in this one - he did not do the placing, he WAS PLACED by the officials who judged the race.

If you use 'place' as an active verb, it needs an object to go with it. E.g. 'He placed the fork on the table.'

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Christine ChristieAre both these sentences correct,

No. The first one is not correct.

Christine Christie
b) He placed 3rd in the race.

As shown. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ...

CJ

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Christine ChristieAre both these sentences correct,

No. It would be more natural to say that he came or finished third in the race.

Christine Christieto cut the finishing line.

You need to use cross instead.

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