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was kidnapped

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am
by navi
Which are correct:

1) He was killed to keep him silent.

2) He was killed to be kept silent.

3) He was killed to keep silent.

(meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent)

4) He was killed in order to keep him silent.
5) He was killed in order to be kept silent.


6) He was kidnapped to toil as a slave.
7) He was kidnapped to be worked as a slave.


8 ) He was kidnapped to exploit as a slave.

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: was kidnapped

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:42 pm
by Erik_Kowal
My comments regarding how natural these variants seem are shown in black.
navi wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:03 am
Which are correct:

1) He was killed to keep him silent.
Yes.
2) He was killed to be kept silent. No.

3) He was killed to keep silent (meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent.)
No.

4) He was killed in order to keep him silent.
Yes.
5) He was killed in order to be kept silent. Questionable.

Consider instead of all the above the more succinct "He was killed to silence him".

6) He was kidnapped to toil as a slave.
Questionable.
7) He was kidnapped to be worked as a slave. Yes

8 ) He was kidnapped to exploit as a slave. Questionable (better as "He was kidnapped to be exploited as a slave".)