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Hello ahmednagar,

These are examples which mean, as you say 'I won't allow...'. They are not passive, but they are impersonal forms.

In your examples, the first sentence means 'I won't allow him to be spoken to like that' or, if we use an active form, 'I won't allow you to speak to him like that'. Similarly, the second example means 'I won't allow my name to be dragged...' ('I won't allow you/them to drag my name...').

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thanks i understood whole the expression.

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Hello sir,
I am always confused about active and passive
1 Jack killed James .-Active Voice- Jack(Subject )
is performer
2.James was killed by Jack-Passive Voice- James
(subject )is not performer.
3.James was killed in accident. Neither Active nor
Passive Voice.-only linking verb-there is no performe
It is only condition or state.
Sir please explain.

Hello sanjeev bhagria,

In a passive sentence, as you say, the subject is the person (or thing) upon whom (which) the action is performed. In your sentences the subjects are as follows:

1 - Jack
2 - James
3 - James

The third sentence is still passive voice. The 'by' phrase indicating the performer of the action is not necessary, and is omitted in many passive sentences.

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hello sir.
1) i am supposed to finish up the report.
i am supposed to be finishing up the report.
2) i was supposed to leave on Tuesday.
i was supposed to be leaving on Tuesday.
what is the difference in meaning both are the same? and in which circumstances we should use ( be supposed to do) or (be supposed to be doing).
thanks advanced.

Hello friends,
I want to know the sentence'He was killed in an accident' is active voice or passive voice.In this
sentence that nobody performs no action.I think it is active voice.

Hello sanjeev bhagria,

I'd suggest you read the explanation on our active and passive voice page. After that, I'm sure you'll be able to answer your own question, but let us know if you have any doubts.

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The LearnEnglish Team