Talk:English passive voice

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The book sold 2 million copies?[edit]

Hi, can you please clarify if the headline sentence in passive? Or pseudopassive? I didn't find any good examples similar to this one. Apparently book cannot sell itself so it is sold and the correct usage would be - 2 million copies of the book were sold. But still it is widely used in this reverse order? What kind of grammar is that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.132.179.152 (talk) 05:18, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

It's kind of covered in the article: see the section on the middle voice. W. P. Uzer (talk) 07:47, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

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Reference 4 doesn't seem to encourage the use of passive voice[edit]

Hi All,

Reference 4 doesn't actually seem to encourage the use of passive voice as suggested by the article. It appears to allow an editor to require the use of passive voice, but it also allows an editor to require the use of active voice.Mgearmail (talk) 20:15, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

But the reference does support the point for which it is cited, which is that some publications' style sheets encourage the use of passive voice. Admittedly, it isn't great support for that; it's just a template that a publication can use for this purpose. Ideally we would want better support for this point. John M Baker (talk) 20:42, 8 May 2017 (UTC)