Hamlet knows who killed his father, but what should he do? Tonderai Munyevu explains why Hamlet was right to take his time before trying to make things right.

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Task 2

We make passive sentences with 'be' + past participle. We can use different forms of 'be' to make different kinds of passive sentence:

  • Shakespeare is known all over the world. ('is' = present simple)
  • 'Hamlet' was written in around 1600. ('was' = past simple)
  • It has been described as Shakespeare's best play. ('has been' = present perfect)
  • The ghost of Hamlet's father wants to be revenged. ('to be' = infinitive)

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Hi and nice evening
(the ghost does say he cannot rest in peace until his death has been revenged)
please can you check the task 2 the second activity ..there is the same sentence of passive we have to arrange but the word avenged instead of revenged.
what is the difference ?
have a nice times

Hi Khaled,

In modern English we do not usually use 'revenge' in the way it was used in Shakespeare's time. 'Revenge' is now used mainly as a reflexive verb with a participle phrase ('on' or 'for'):

revenge yourself on someone for something

I will revenge myself on you for this insult!

 

'Avenge' is used in modern English in two ways. The first is similar to the use of revenge above:

avenge yourself on someone for something

I will avenge myself on you for this insult!

 

The second is as a verb with a direct object or as a passive form:

I will avenge this insult!

We will be avenged one day!

 

It may be that the word 'revenge' is used differently by speakers of English in Zimbabwe, or it may be that the speaker is recalling the use of 'revenge' in Shakespeare's text.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hamlet is right to take his time to find the reason why his father die: who is the murder and what his motivation is. It is import to look at every details of the truth not only to listen what the ghost has said. It takes Hamlet a lot of time. Then Hamlet can decide his uncle has been guilty.