"A chair will be sat on by a teacher"

Translation:Kiti kitakaliwa na mwalimu

September 6, 2017

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/vtopphol

This is how a newspaper would write the story. Normal people would just say that the teacher will sit on the chair.

September 6, 2017

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Yes, but this is teaching passive voice. It is my experience even in English that most sentences used to teach passive sound dodgy, and you usually come away without a clear idea of what it is, or how to use it correctly.

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vtopphol

Probably because the passive isn't really that much used except for general statements, like this very sentence, and for specific modes of writing. Especially scientific writing and reporting, like in newspapers. I don't have much problem knowing what the passive does, but I thought this example was especially strange. Many languages use the passive much more than English does, and in a broader set of circumstances, and when you then translate to English, the translation would necessarily become strange. Of course you should translate more or less directly when you do it to learn another language, but you can't help but be amused by the awkwardness of some sentences.

September 7, 2017
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