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Hello,

1. I was born in 1976.

I have already asked this question. Somebody on this forum told me that it is an active voice.

My teacher told me "no" it a passive voice.

Now I am very confused.

Please any forum guru could comment on it.

Thanks.
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Hello Hanuman

Your old thread is born. Who answered that "I was born in X" is an active voice? We (=Philip and me) said just that "I was born in X" is an idiomatic verbal phrase. We said that it is NOT a passive voice because we cannot make an appropriate active counterpart for this sentence.

paco
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Hello hanuman_2000,

Why don't you get the active form/voice of this sentence from your class teacher and post the answer into this forum? So, we can analyze and discuss the validity of your class teacher's answer.
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Hi,

I was born in 1976.

In my experience, this is a constant source of problems for learners. In any ESL class, I think you could spend an hour at any time, discussing this.

Errors come in many forms, eg I born in 1976 . . . . My mother borned me in 1976. And many others.

Here are some comments.

'To bear' means 'to carry'. A woman can carry a child. She can bear a child. 'Bearing a child' usually refers to the moment of birth. The past participle of 'bear' has two forms, 'borne' and 'born'. The latter is used in reference to birth, except when we are speaking of the mother, eg 'A healthy child was borne by Mary'.

So, we think of 'born' today as an adjective, but it's really a past participle.

I was born in 1976 seems to me, really, to be passive.

I was borne by my mother in 1976.

My mother bore me in 1976.

Of course, we don't say the last two above any more in everyday English, but I think they are the historical roots of what we do say today, ie 'I was born in 1976'.

Best wishes, Clive
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