Passive voice Was this sentence built using passive voice? "I am now emotionally invested with this"
Jan 31, 2016 8:38 AM
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A very interesting question - I had to think about this for a bit, but my conclusion is that the sentence is not in the passive voice. A passive construction has a subject that is the recipient of an action. For example: Passive voice: Big Bird was seen by many people. To put this sentence in the active voice, you turn the sentence around: Many people saw Big Bird. However, the example you gave, the subject "I" is not the recipient of the action "invested". No one/nothing "invested in me." You *cannot* turn "I am now emotionally invested in this" into "this now emotionally invested in me." Instead, "I am emotionally invested in this" is in the active voice with a participial adjective. In other words, "invested" serves as an adjective, just like, say, "happy". Compare: "I am emotionally invested in this" vs. "I am happy about this." These are both in the active voice. A little note: We say "emotionally invested IN" something, not "WITH" something ... :)
January 31, 2016
I agree with Brian. 'I am now emotionally invested in (not 'with') this' looks like the same form as a passive, but in fact it's a straightforward statement in the present simple active. The phrase 'emotionally invested' is adjectival. It's no different from saying 'slightly worried' or 'extremely tired' - the word ending in 'ed' is just an adjective.
January 31, 2016
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