On Tue, 13 Aug 2002 03:05, bnathyuw wrote: > --- julien eychenne <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > <snip> > > Do you mean we can say 'the bed sleeps two' for > > example ? > > yep. one of my favourite things about the english > language is its tendency to get active and passive > muddled up ( and also the use of the passive with the > active's indirect/prepositional object as subject : 'i > was given a book', 'i could tell i was being talked > about', 'she always liked being looked up to' &c. ) But that's one of the beauties of the whole shebang. Mind you, you can say - and be understood - "the house was abuilding" for "the house was being built". That used to be the standard way of indicating passive voice. It just seems that English is somewhat uncomfortable with the passive voice without a medial voice, so uses the current passive forms to indicate a form of medio-passive voice. > > bn > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Everything you'll ever need on one web page > from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts > http://uk.my.yahoo.com -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."