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Making Sense of Grammar
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為什麼我們不會說 "be killed!" 但卻可以說 "Don't get killed!"?
asked Mar 28, 2018 in Questions about English Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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Be 動詞標記的被動式強調結果狀態,是不能刻意控制的。

故 Be 動詞標示的被動狀態不能用在祈使句,因為我們只能命令別人做他們有能力控制的事:

Be killed! (x) → Don't get killed! (o)

Be caught! (x) → Don't get caught! (o)

answered Mar 28, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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