"add" is not a ditransitive verb, where both the direct and the indirect object can become the subject of the passive. Let's compare with ditransitive give:
- Most people can be made happy by being given what they need. (People are made happy / People are given what they need -> "people" is the subject of both verbs in the passive.)
The verb add is only a transitive verb, with to introducing an adverbial complement (the thing to which something is added).
Apart from saying:
- Most adjectives can be changed into adverbs by adding "-ly" (to them). ("to them" is not an indirect object that can be turned into the subject of the passive voice, and the subject of "adding" is tacit "us," which can make that adverbial sound somewhat dangling)
we can say:
- Most adjectives can be changed into adverbs by having "-ly" added to them. (Here, both verbs share the same subject, which is "most adjectives." -> Adjectives are changed / Adjectives have "-ly" added to them.)
Thanks, david. I just came up with another version( according to GUSTAVO's "not ditransitive" analysis): Adjectives can be changed into adverbs by being added to with "-ly". Is that okay? I know it's redundant though.
No, that doesn't work. I see what you're trying to do. You want to rescue your passive construction from ungrammaticality by changing it to a prepositional passive. The problem is not simply that "Adjectives can be changed into adverbs by being added to with '-ly'" is a hideous (though grammatical) sentence.
The problem is that "X is added to with Y" does not mean that "Y is added to X." Compare: "The dirt pile was added to with dirt" does not mean that dirt was added to the dirt pile. Consequently, we can't say "The dirt pile can be increased by being added to with dirt." An instrument interpretation is more likely: "The dirt pile can be increased by being added to with bulldozers."
P.S. I don't know why you're addressing me as "david" and Gustavo as "GUSTAVO." Please follow the standard English practice of capitalizing the first letter of a first name, and the first letter only. I am David. Gustavo is Gustavo. Please do not continue this silly practice of using all caps or no caps at all. If you persist in this silliness, I will interpret it as a sign of disrespect.
Thanks. I get it. In that construction , "with" introduces a tool.
Sorry about the capitalization. I so address you because I remember you as "David" and "GUSTAVO", thinking you specifically made your name that way. But now I find that this website displays your name sometimes in all capitals and sometimes with only the first word capitalized. The "David" and "GUSTAVO" spelling was according to my first impression, sorry.
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