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In the exercise below, you are to distinguish between true passive voice constructions and stative passive constructions. After reading each sentence, record your choice by clicking on either the word TRUE or on the word STATIVE. You will then be shown the answer.

 

Remember that a true passive construction indicates that an action is performed on the subject of the sentence, whereas a stative passive construction merely describes the state or condition of the subject.

1. A complete system of computer logic was devised by Charles Babbage. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

2. Charles Babbage was excited about his accomplishment. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

3. Unfortunately, Babbage's achievements were ignored by many people because Babbage had a difficult personality. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

4. Charles Babbage was disappointed when people failed to acknowledge his accomplishment. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

5. In 1793, a new kind of cotton-cleaning machine was built by Eli Whitney. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

6. Whitney was thrilled because he felt certain that he would make a fortune with his new machine. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

7. Unfortunately, one night his cotton-cleaning machine was stolen out of the carriage house where he kept it. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

8. After the theft of his machine, Whitney was depressed for a long time. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

9. He was determined to find a way to become rich. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

10. During the war of 1812, the first precision rifles were mass-produced by Eli Whitney. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

11. President Thomas Jefferson was delighted to have precision rifles in the hands of his army. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

12. Whitney's rifles were the most perfect fire arms that had ever been manufactured. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

13. In 1849, gold was discovered in California. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

14. People were excited about the discovery of gold, and they traveled to California in droves in hopes of becoming rich. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

15. Before long, the new Californians realized that they were isolated from the East There was no longer any way for them to receive timely news from there. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

16. The mail took several weeks to be delivered. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

17. People were dissatisfied with the slowness of the mail. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

18. In April of 1860, a new kind of mail service was established by three wealthy tycoons. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

19. With this new service, the mail could be delivered to the west in ten days. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

20. The new Californians were relieved because they could now receive news from the east. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

21. The first electronic computer was built in England during World War II. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

22. It was powered by five kinds of vacuum tubes. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

23. It was used by the British to break German codes. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

24. Immediately after the war, it was destroyed so that other countries would never find out how the British broke codes. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

25. Since World War II, the electronic computer has been developed to a great extent in the United States. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

26. A significant number of electronic computers have been built in Great Britain, as well. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

27. Today computers are manufactured in many cities of both Europe and North America. TRUE STATIVE
YES: CORRECT!
NO: INCORRECT.

28. Most modern computers are advanced, complicated, and sophisticated. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

29. Today, millions of computers all over the world are connected to the internet. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!

30. Many of the countries of Europe are industrialized. TRUE STATIVE
NO: INCORRECT.
YES: CORRECT!