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"This lie has been spreading by them over the years" is correct

 
 
Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2019 10:53 am
Are following sentences correct?
1. This lie has been spreading by them over the years.
2. This lie has been spreading by them over many years.
 
fresco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2019 11:03 am
@parthachakraborty,
As a UK speaker either ending is fine, but the start should be
This lie has been being spread by them....
or
This lie has been spread by them......
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2019 02:19 pm
@parthachakraborty,
That passive verb formation is tough. I would go with:

They spread this lie over the years.
They spread this lie over many years.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2019 07:58 pm
@engineer,
So would I.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2019 10:46 pm
@roger,
now what would you do with that sentence. You have no need for it do you?
roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2019 01:33 am
@farmerman,
Dunno. Haven't worked out the meaning.
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Jewels Vern
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2019 07:40 am
Active: somebody does something
"Avoid using the passive voice." - active - subject: you (imperative) - verb: avoid

Passive: something is done - (by whom may or may not be emphasized)
"Use of the passive voice is to be avoided." - passive - subject: use or using (gerund) - verb: some form of to be

The proper verb form for your sentence is "has been spread".
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