pseudopassive

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

pseudo- +‎ passive

Noun[edit]

pseudopassive (plural pseudopassives)

  1. (grammar) A construction where the object of a preposition has been promoted to the role of subject, as in The problem was talked about.
  2. (grammar) A construction that removes the subject from an intransitive verb, as in the Dutch sentence Er wordt gefloten ("[Someone] whistled").