How do you say "I was born here," using active voice?
I was born here.
Hmm, I don't agree; I consider was born to be a passive verb construction here, not an adjective. I do see that you can find as many dictionary references to born as an adjective as a passive participle. But isn't the test for "adjective vs. participle" that other linking verbs besides be must be able to be used for it to be an adjective? For the specific meaning of physical birth, you can only use be + born; you can show more figurative meanings (destined to do something, for example) with other linking verbs: He felt born to lead. He seemed born to be a leader. He was born to lead. You certainly can’t use those other linking verbs for the physical birth sense of the word. So I am quite sure I am right. Thoughts?
|link comment||answered May 20 '13 at 04:44 Shawn Mooney Expert|
To make a sentence active voice, you swap the subject with the direct object. In a sentence like "I was born here," born by who? Your mother. So to make the sentence active, you would change it to "My mother bore me here." Or "My mother gave birth to me here."
Althought this is technically the answer to your question, let me point out that very few people would say this. "I was born here" is perfectly good English, and if you are trying to correct the sentence because a grammar checker told you that it is passive voice, my advice is to leave it alone.
|link comment||edited May 20 '13 at 14:32 DZM2 New member|