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passive transformation #1 (permalink) Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:04 pm   passive transformation
 

Hi,

Please could you advise me how to modify the following sentence:
It was good to bask in the sun of the Indian summer.

This sentence should be transformed according to this model:
It was easy to get on with him.
He was easy to get on with.

To my mind, itís impossible because there is no object to transform in this sentence.
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passive transformation #2 (permalink) Sun Nov 12, 2017 13:24 pm   passive transformation
 

Hi Irene,

I agree this seems an impossible request especially because 'bask' already has a passive sense - to be exposed to.

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passive transformation #3 (permalink) Sun Nov 12, 2017 13:57 pm   passive transformation
 

Thank you, Alan!
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passive transformation #4 (permalink) Sun Nov 12, 2017 15:57 pm   passive transformation
 

So they want to you modify the sentence like this model?

It was easy to get on with him. --> He was easy to get on with.

Here they are taking the object of the final preposition and making it the subject.
So for your sentence I would say:

It was good to bask in the sun of the Indian summer. --> The sun of the Indian summer was good to bask in.
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passive transformation #5 (permalink) Sun Nov 12, 2017 16:58 pm   passive transformation
 

Thank you, Luschen!
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Re: passive tranformation #6 (permalink) Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:33 am   Re: passive tranformation
 

Yes, I agree. The sun of the Indian summer was good to bask in is the modified form based on the model suggested. Perhaps, Alan didn't notice the model.
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