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Terence Chong
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 2:47:59 AM
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are those sentences below correct?
why wasn't she invited to the party?
why didn't she be invited to the party? 

Is there any other ways to said it?

Thanks
srirr
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 5:25:06 AM

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Welcome Terence to the forum!

I would first like to correct a few things in your post.

Quote:
are Are those these/ the sentences below correct?
why Why wasn't she invited to the party?
why Why didn't she be invited to the party? 

Is Are there any other ways to said say it?


Always use uppercase (capital) letter when opening a sentence.

The first sentence is correct, but the second one is not. It doesn't follow the rules of grammar.

You can also say:
Why couldn't she be invited to the party?
Why hasn't she been invited to the party?
or Why has she not been invited to the party?

Or in a more direct tone:
Why didn't you invite her to the party?

But remember, this can be authoritative and offensive as well.
thar
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 5:29:55 AM

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why wasn't she invited to the party?
Correct
why didn't she be invited to the party?
Wrong

 This is about the passive voice.

Active
I invite her to the party
I invited her to the party

Passive
the auxiliary verb 'to be' + past participle
She is invited to the party
She was invited to the party


To form the question, you invert the subject and the auxiliary verb,

You only need to add 'did' if there is no auxiliary verb.

so, in the active voice
I invited her
Why did I invite her?

But in the passive voice there is already an auxiliary verb 'be', so it is wrong to add 'did'.

She was invited.
Why was she invited?

She wasn't invited
Why wasn't she invited.

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posted same time as srirr.

Terence Chong
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 9:24:13 AM
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srirr wrote:
Welcome Terence to the forum!

I would first like to correct a few things in your post.

Quote:
are Are those these/ the sentences below correct?
why Why wasn't she invited to the party?
why Why didn't she be invited to the party? 

Is Are there any other ways to said say it?


Always use uppercase (capital) letter when opening a sentence.

The first sentence is correct, but the second one is not. It doesn't follow the rules of grammar.

You can also say:
Why couldn't she be invited to the party?
Why hasn't she been invited to the party?
or Why has she not been invited to the party?

Or in a more direct tone:
Why didn't you invite her to the party?

But remember, this can be authoritative and offensive as well.


Thanks for pointing out my mistakes.
Your other examples helped me a lot. Thanks
Terence Chong
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 9:27:01 AM
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Joined: 9/6/2019
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thar wrote:

Passive
the auxiliary verb 'to be' + past participle
She is invited to the party
She was invited to the party


To form the question, you invert the subject and the auxiliary verb,

You only need to add 'did' if there is no auxiliary verb.

so, in the active voice
I invited her
Why did I invite her?

But in the passive voice there is already an auxiliary verb 'be', so it is wrong to add 'did'.

She was invited.
Why was she invited?

She wasn't invited
Why wasn't she invited.



Good explanation. Thanks a lot.
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