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A toy twisted in the fire. == A toy was twisted in the fire. Options
Maggie Q
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A toy twisted in the fire. == A toy was twisted in the fire.

Question 1: Do they mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference between them?

Question 2: my analysis: Active voice vs passive voice. In the first case, 'twisted' is in the active form . The toy was rotating by itself. In the second case, 'twisted' is in the passive form. Someone is rotating the toy. We don't know who that someone is, or the writer doesn't want to convey that information. Except for that, their meanings are more or less the same. RIGHT? :P
NKM
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Not quite right, I think.

"Twist" can be either transitive or intransitive.

Intransitive: "A toy twisted" may mean that it simply turned (rotated) to a different position.

Transitive: "A toy was twisted" strongly suggests that it was deformed — a change of shape rather than of position.



When we say that a tree "twisted in the wind", we mean that it temporarily changed its shape but regained its original form after the wind stopped. If the deformation was permanent, we would say that it "was twisted by the wind."

Maggie Q
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:15:29 AM
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NKM wrote:
Not quite right, I think.

"Twist" can be either transitive or intransitive.

Intransitive: "A toy twisted" may mean that it simply turned (rotated) to a different position.

Transitive: "A toy was twisted" strongly suggests that it was deformed — a change of shape rather than of position.



When we say that a tree "twisted in the wind", we mean that it temporarily changed its shape but regained its original form after the wind stopped. If the deformation was permanent, we would say that it "was twisted by the wind."




thank you :)
papo_308
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The same question was asked two days ago:

http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst178160_question.aspx

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