Harold F. Arnold hfarnold at LANMINDS.COM
Sun Jul 5 02:23:25 UTC 1998

>>Or is it that in IE languages, a locative phrase in an *active*
>>construction does not become subject in a *passive* construction? E.g.,
>>A1. The revolutionaries dumped tea into the ocean.
>>B1. Tea was dumped by the revolutionaries into the ocean.
>This is true. As you see in your example, ocean cannot be a subject in a
>passive construction.

How about: "The ocean had tea dumped into it by the revolutionaries?" "The
ocean" is clearly the subject here, but I won't even begin to try to
analyse the phrase "into it by the revolutionaries"

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