Hardcore English Grammar (ii)


The following collection of grammatical errors are fine examples of a number of complex and indeed very complex mistakes in English grammar. The corrections are based on Swan’s Practical English Usage (2005).

– PASSIVE
“Mr Hamilton is resembled by none of his four sons.” = None of his four sons resemble Mr James Hamilton.
(412.4) The verb resemble (stative verb) cannot be used in the passive.

“Nature Seekers, a local conservation group, was donated $200,000 for the rescue of the turtles.” = $200,000 was donated to Nature Seekers, a local conservation group, for the rescue of the turtles.
(415) The indirect object of the verb donate always takes to, it cannot be used in the passive.

“That global warming is not a problem is believed by some scholars.” = It is believed by some scholars that global warming is not a problem.
(417.1) A clause as direct object cannot become the subject in the passive, but the passive is possible with preparatory (provisional) it.

“The fugitives were helped find a boat by some of the fishermen.” = The fugitives were helped to find a boat by some of the fishermen.
(418.3) After help a noun phrase + bare infinitive is possible, but in the passive the to-infinitive must be used.

See other: Notes On English Grammar

3 thoughts on “Hardcore English Grammar (ii)

  1. In that case, personally I would favour this structure:

    “$200,000 was donated for the rescue of turtles to the local conservation group Nature Seekers for the rescue of turtles.”

    It seems more natural not to separate was donated and to … Nature Seekers, therefore I would place for … turtles at the back.

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