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hello sir i have come across some special uses of 'HAVE' and expression won't have (or will not have) +object + ing form
i will not have you smoking in the classroom.( means i will not allow you to smoke in the class room) i understood this expression.

my question is that when we use 'won't have + object+ past participle'
1) i won't have him spoken to like that.
2) i won't have my name dragged through the dirt by press.

are these sentences passive? or what is the exact meaning of that sentences and in which circumstances we can use that kind of structure.
thanks advanced.

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...').

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

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 ahmednagar,

Please take a look at our pages on the continuous aspect ( and then, if you still are not sure, post the question on those pages. This page is not about that topic and it's helpful if you can keep the comments relevant to the material on any given page.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

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.