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Passive Voice - English Lesson

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In this English lesson, we will be looking at how to formulate and use the Passive Voice. Join my complete self-study programme to reach all your English language goals: https://www.anglo-link.com Passive Voice Exercises: http://youtu.be/ye3-vJkO0A8 Facebook: http://facebook.com/AngloLink Twitter: http://twitter.com/AngloLink Happy studies!
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1978ajax (1 year ago)
Your graphics are excellent. When I look at videos such as this, I realize how difficult English must be for the native speakers of other languages to learn _to this level of competence._ I admire anyone who succeeds, or even tries! The learning process must be made harder by hearing common 'mistakes' from native speakers. For instance at 11:50, so many native English speakers would naturally say "A church _will_ be built." even though, as you point out, it is not a direct equivalent in the passive. I think this happens because that form seems simpler while conveying an extremely similar meaning - which will do instead. I notice that many word-processors highlight the passive voice as some sort of mistake to be reconsidered by the writer, and have often heard that it is generally a non-preferred form. To me, it seems that it has a function which we need, and does not deserve the slight. Would you comment on that, please?
Sayed Asgari (4 months ago)
Couldn’t understand that much. Sorry but too complicated
tamim niloy (8 months ago)
1978aja
Jason Bolster (11 months ago)
This is an excellent comment. It is true that native English speakers often break the rules, but you need to learn the rules so that you can learn how to break them properly. Most native speakers of English don't go to classes to learn how to speak their first language. We just hear how other people speak and copy them. The passive voice is often unfairly treated as a mistake or as something we should use rarely. There is a movement called the "Plain English Foundation" which says that it's trying to make English writing, especially formal business writing, simpler and clearer. They especially try to stop everyone using the passive voice. Not everything they do is bad, but I don't agree with them here. If you want your speech or writing to flow nicely, we want to move from something we've already mentioned to something new. It's the same as how you want your English classes to build on something you already know rather than starting with the passive voice and then going back to the simple present. Suppose you see a movie. I could say, "This movie is called 'Avatar.' 'Avatar' is a science fiction movie set on the planet Pandora. James Cameron directed it." The first sentence is good, because you are watching a movie and I move on to a new thing: its name. The second sentence is good, because I've already given you the name and I'm moving on to a new fact about it. The third sentence is not good (even though it has perfect grammar) because I am starting with the director's name, which you've never heard before, and then finish by going back to "it" (the movie). That's why I would change the third sentence to "It was directed by James Cameron." Now, we are starting with the movie and expanding our knowledge of it by introducing the director's name at the end. I agree with you that this series of videos is excellent. I hope that this is clear to you and that it helps you.
Anglo-Link (1 year ago)
I am from Iran, where English is not an official language but taught quite early on at school, at least when I was growing up there. If my background interests you, you will find a brief description of my career path here: https://www.anglo-link.com/about/
1978ajax (1 year ago)
Ah - you make an excellent point, applicable, I suspect, to all forms of learning; don't tamper with the rules before you have mastered them! May I ask, are you English, or perhaps from a different country where English is an official language, such as India? It seems that high levels of competence with English can be common in such countries. More common than it is 'at home', I often think! Thank you.
İmçi siqeraQ (9 days ago)
8:31
Rashid Hussain (14 days ago)
How I make passive sentences This sentence He has a house 🏠 Advanced thanks kind regards
Anglo-Link (11 days ago)
Thanks a lot for your kind comment, Rashid. I'm glad you've enjoyed watching my lessons.
Rashid Hussain (12 days ago)
Dear and most respected Minnoo you are great and I have been watching your English learning grammar . They are best and awesome. 💐💐💐💐👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
Anglo-Link (12 days ago)
My pleasure!
Rashid Hussain (13 days ago)
Thanks a lot you helped me 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐
Anglo-Link (13 days ago)
Verb 'have' for possession is not usually put into Passive. Technically, you could say: A house is had by him. However, you will never hear anyone say this.
DW Reborn (20 days ago)
Me at 6:14 : NOT THIS AGAIN
iva nor (25 days ago)
Thank you dear teacher. I've been following your videos nearly a year now and you helped me a lot. I have a question. Why isn't it " IT will has been done" instead of " It will have been done" ? Could you kindly answer my question?
iva nor (24 days ago)
@Anglo-Link Thank you very much
Anglo-Link (25 days ago)
I'm glad my lessons have helped you. After a modal verb, including 'will', you need to use the base form of the verb (do).
Omar Hurtado (25 days ago)
Buu
Zainab Hussaini (26 days ago)
ma'am,how to change this sentence into passive voice,("would you mind making her polish my shoes")
Anglo-Link (22 days ago)
In the Passive voice, only 'have' and 'get' work.
Zainab Hussaini (25 days ago)
cant we use making?
Zainab Hussaini (25 days ago)
thank you soo much ma'am! But why we are using ("having/getting")in place of making????
Anglo-Link (26 days ago)
You would need to change 'make' into a different causative verb (have or get): Would you mind having (getting) my shoes polished by her?
Miss F.A (27 days ago)
this lesson is understood , thank u so much but why you didn't explain imperative sentences from active to passive ?!
Anglo-Link (27 days ago)
You're very welcome. I didn't because they're rather uncommon.
David Pavon (28 days ago)
p nice
Anglo-Link (27 days ago)
Thank you!
Daniel Islas Hinojosa (1 month ago)
Hello¡ nice video, It really solved many doubts, but just one question. I have hear that in present perfect continuous the passive is like: have been being done. I guess it is incorrect. Thanks a lot
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
Hello Daniel, Yes, although the form technically exists, it's very uncommon because of the difficulty of pronouncing 'been' and 'being' next to each other. I have listed as 'will be being done' as a form, but even that is very rare as it's equally awkward to pronounce 'be' and 'being' one after the other.
Japinha J. (1 month ago)
I have a question, this really confuses me , when you have a future tense why or how we can relate the "be" that comes before modal verb will : will be being done .
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
Actually, I should not have listed that as an option. Because of the phonetic awkwardness of 'be being', we should avoid this formulation. I had annotated the slide explaining this, but YT has removed all annotations.
Meduza3 (1 month ago)
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Max Richard (1 month ago)
Man i want more of you sweet talks
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
Thank you! There are many lessons on my YouTube channel and on my website anglo-link.com.
Dongsuk Choi (1 month ago)
I have a problems in changing passive to active and active to passive
zaki ahmed (1 month ago)
Is a passive voice the eggs were thrown
zaki ahmed (1 month ago)
66 year old
Ahmed Chetah (1 month ago)
Thanks
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
You're welcome.
MrFooFighter13 (2 months ago)
I'm a "teacher" and want to thank you for making this video! However, I can't help but feel that the slide around 9:30 looking at doing and being done is incorrect. I find it hard to understand as the meaning of the sentence has changed significantly, which can't be the desired effect. I don't get it :s
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
You are correct. Those examples are not good ones as the sense of the sentence has changed. . I had annotated the slide with better examples, but YT has unfortunately removed the annotations.
Ahmed Abdallah (2 months ago)
Thanks
Anglo-Link (1 month ago)
You're welcome.
Fidan Hüseynova (2 months ago)
Thanks a lot.✨
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
You're most welcome.
Periklis Gewrgiou (2 months ago)
thank you so much
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Hunter Brown (2 months ago)
this is what hell looks like.
Diptikanta Sahu (2 months ago)
How to convert in passive when the active sentence is in imperative sentence.
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
I find this structure extremely rare in common usage. That's why I don't teach it. But if you want to learn about it, this is a good page: https://www.englishgrammar.org/changing-imperative-sentence-active-voice-passive/
Diptikanta Sahu (2 months ago)
Hello mam .you didn't explain about imperative sentence ... Make a another video on it please
Admiral (2 months ago)
Hello Minoo, What is the passive voice of this sentence: I decided to sell my house.
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
Yes, I think your two other options (would & the Subjunctive) would be equally correct. The larger context would determine the best option by giving clues as to whether this was a firm decision to be implemented or a decision on the best course of action among others.
Admiral (2 months ago)
@Anglo-Link Thanks a lot for your kind reply. actually, it's exactly as my solution for this sentence. I also thought that: "It was decided that my house would be sold" could be correct since we have the "to sell" as an infinitive phrase that indicates the future tense in the original active sentence. Can we have "should be sold" as a subjunctive mood? So that we can drop should and keep be in the base form alone?? " It was decided that my house be sold"
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
For me (someone else may disagree): It was decided that my house should / was to be sold.
Kardelen Özkan (2 months ago)
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Sibbu A S (2 months ago)
Thank you so much it's help my exam
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Pi Sey (2 months ago)
I fell it when quiz 1 and quiz 2 and today is my final exam say goodbye fell.😛
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
Good luck with your exam!
BLUE LIGHT (3 months ago)
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Udbodh Bhandari (3 months ago)
Ohh wow thank you
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
Thank you!
Udbodh Bhandari (2 months ago)
Cool teaching style impressed
Anglo-Link (2 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Monica Bhatia (3 months ago)
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Periklis Gewrgiou (3 months ago)
thank you so much
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Mina Pandey (3 months ago)
Thank you
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're welcome.
Ygerta Gjeleshi (3 months ago)
I know this was published 5 years ago but if anyone sees this:he is going to make an announcement later which is more correct : an announcement will be made by him later or an announcement is going to be made by him later I'm confused
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
An announcement is going to be made ...
tanveer faridi (3 months ago)
Thank you mam
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Roshni Modi (3 months ago)
READYYYYYY
i'm a srilankan citizen this lesson is worth for me, thank you to taught us
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
antonio lopes-ruivo (3 months ago)
Amazing
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
Thank you!
Shobha Timothy (3 months ago)
Give me all type of examples. Even complicated one
lalitha vaishnavi (3 months ago)
I understood the passive voice from your video. Thanks a lot! 🤗🤗🤗
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
lalitha vaishnavi (3 months ago)
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Saku Dimri (3 months ago)
O. M. G. Meim very very nice ^.^
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
Thank you!
홍난의 (3 months ago)
when i can use passive voice????
Gülistan Şahin (3 months ago)
I am from Turkey, i am learning english so i visit the video .i enjoy it .thank you so much mam .Great explanation
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Hanan Alqahtani (4 months ago)
good thank yuo i have test
Admiral (4 months ago)
Hello, Teacher Minoo. How are you? Hope you are doing great. I really like your interesting lessons and your way of teaching and explaining. I have a question about a passive sentence that exists in our school book which is given as an example of the passive voice. Would you please check it and tell me if it's correct or there is something wrong in the structure of the sentence: (( Many homes have had to be destroyed)) Does it make sense? And in case it was correct, what is the Active Voice of this sentence? Thanks in advance!
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
Yes, the sentence is correct. The Active voice: They have had to destroy many homes.
It is good. You are a good teacher.
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
Thank you!
Every thing Every thing (4 months ago)
Thank you but l liked to know more about passive voice by agent. I wonder if we could use it with pronouns or not it’s not used with someone somebody or people but not sure with pronounce
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Every thing Every thing (3 months ago)
Anglo-Link thank you miss you are doing great videos clear nice calm voice
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
There is no point in using it with indefinite pronouns unless you give some information about them: This was done by someone who had a key.
arti rawat (4 months ago)
Thanks a lot...... 🤗🤗🤗🤗
Anglo-Link (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Rspear knights (4 months ago)
Where is formulate of active voive
Pratyushi Swetapadma (4 months ago)
really wonderful
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Thank you!
Ronnie Dave (4 months ago)
a great lesson . you are doing a wonderful job . Do we use future progressive in passive ? I guess it is rather uncommon .
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Thank you, Ronnie! You're right. It is uncommon. In retrospect, I should not have included it in the list.
Taisyr Salha (4 months ago)
I like
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Thank you!
samsani0099 (4 months ago)
I am not able to understand the second point in how to formulate a passive voice: "Conjugate the verb 'to be' in the same tense as the active sentence." Can someone explain this to me?
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Put the verb 'to be' in the same tense: Active: They have published it. (Present Perfect) to be in Present Perfect: has/have been >> It has been published.
Onur (4 months ago)
Hi, I have a question and will be grateful if you could help. I read some news in twitter like this; "He arrested for drunk driving again." Shouldn't it be "He was arrested for ..." Why they don't write "was/were" ?
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
In a news headline, you may see 'was' dropped, but not with 'he'. There has to be a name: XXX arrested again. In a text, you cannot drop was / were.
Every thing Every thing (4 months ago)
Ur teaching is understandable ur way iof explanation is perfect 👌
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Thank you very much!
shahinaz and mariam (4 months ago)
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nagarajan gurusamy (4 months ago)
This video is so awesome 👌 👌 👌
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Thank you!
najm hama (4 months ago)
Thank you very much, so wonderful that it touches the core of the heart and mind.
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
I'm glad you've enjoyed this lesson too!
B.D. Sharma (4 months ago)
Change the voice How will you pass the examination? Please mughe batao
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
No-one will say it like this, but if you must: How will this exam be passed by you?
Mohammed Elfarra (4 months ago)
What is the passive of 'we started moving the earth away' Best wishes
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Possible but rather awkward; no-one would actually say this: The earth started being moved by us.
Mohammed Elfarra (4 months ago)
Ypu said that the passive of 'I avoid seeing her' is 'she avoids being seen' doesn't that change the meaning Thanks sweetie
Mohammed Elfarra (4 months ago)
@Anglo-Link 👑
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
Yes, technically, it's a noun (gerund), but as it comes from a verb, it can change into a Passive form: doing >> being done.
Mohammed Elfarra (4 months ago)
@Anglo-Link we were taught that ing form without verb to be is not a verb What do you think😢 💔
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
That's exactly right, Mohammed! This sentence has two verbs: avoid & see. It's the verb 'see' that's being changed: subject: people / verb: see (in the gerund form) / object: the woman (her)
Mohammed Elfarra (4 months ago)
@Anglo-Link I avoid (I am the doer) whereas she avoid (she's the doer) and when we change into passive, the doer might be dropped but the receiver stay the same even when it is in place of the subject Just want confirmation Best wishes Dearest teacher ever 🌷❤
Assem Ramadan (4 months ago)
Hi , Minoo , I really glad to have a guide like you and I want to thank your great efforts . I have a question which makes me confused . the question is ( Never let yourself .............into such a trick . which one is correct ( fall - be fallen ).
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
You're very welcome, Assem! The answer is 'fall' (active verb).
JUDO dhanush kanna sdat (5 months ago)
Thank you mam
Anglo-Link (4 months ago)
You're welcome.
Ados Oman (5 months ago)
Hello teacher! Please help me pick out the correct answer to this sentence: Choose the correct sentence that has the same meaning to the given one. "There are many presents to give to homeless children." A. There are many presents to be given to homeless children. B. Homeless children are given many presents. I choose A, but I'm not sure. I think that if we'd like to change one sentence to the passive voice, its passive form should maintain the original structure (but in passive). I hope you could give me the answer and explanation soon! Thank you very much!
Ados Oman (5 months ago)
@Anglo-Link Thank you, teacher! <3
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
You have chosen correctly, and exactly for the reason you describe. The Passive sentence should not change the meaning of the Active sentence.
mohamed ibrahim (5 months ago)
good
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
Thank you!
plamen dodev (5 months ago)
Hi people, I did watch the video and it was very helpful. However, I'm still struggling with 3 sentences which I can't convert to passive voice. Can anyone help me with these please? 1. They say John Lennon lived here in the early sixties. ( The sentence needs to start with John Lennon). 2. It is thought that women today are smoking more. (Needs to start with the word Women). 3. Many believe that a number of people survived the initial impact. (Needs to start with ''a number of people''). I would appreciate your answers as I have been reading and looking and still do not see how I can convert these sentences. Thank you!
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
1. Change the first verb into a Passive verb (of keep it Passive if it is already so.) 2. Change the second verb into a Present or Past Infinitive verb. John Lennon IS SAID TO HAVE LIVED ..... Women ARE THOUGHT TO SMOKE ... A number of people ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED ....
abdelkader hassairy (5 months ago)
Thank you so much
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
My pleasure!
cartina gal (5 months ago)
Thank you
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
You're welcome.
M Y (5 months ago)
So you can’t use been which past participle, in active sentence like I have done I have seen I have finished. Or it can be used only in passive voice, it’s been a long time since I saw, or when you formulate the subject first then we need to use present perfect have done, have heard, have watched, I mean off course we need to use past participle in this cl kind of case like I’ve been to America or so on, but I mean mostly we would use have done have seen. Not just want your opinion am I right. Thanks
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
Yes, Mohammad, that's correct. 'be' meaning 'exist' is a state verb, and that's why when you see it in the Present Perfect tense, it's usually a 'state' that continues: I've been tired all day. In 'I've been to America', 'been' doesn't have its original meaning.Here, it means 'I have visited.'
anuradha pyla (5 months ago)
super
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
Thank you!
Seethalakshmi Ns (5 months ago)
Very informative..thanks
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
My pleasure!
M Y (5 months ago)
Pleased reply me, thanks.
M Y (5 months ago)
Thanks, you are doing wicked job, I mean you can use only in present perfect continues, but not present perfect.
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
Thank you, Mohammad! You're right, but be careful that you can see 'been' in a sentence that looks like Present Perfect: I have been here for 2 hours. Because 'be' is a state verb, we cannot say 'I've been being ...' If you would like more information on this, please watch my videos called 'State Verbs' and '4 biggest tips on PPC'.
M Y (5 months ago)
Can you tell me, you can’t use been in active sentence.
vod3ski xl (5 months ago)
Lol so easy! I am from Finland and this is so easy for me.
Bhatt Maulik (5 months ago)
Very bad taking
Fatma Poindh (5 months ago)
Very very good.
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
Thank you, Fatma!
Kerem Yildirin (5 months ago)
ı am turkish
Atheer Lb (5 months ago)
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Mineth Kushan (6 months ago)
Thank you very much
Anglo-Link (5 months ago)
You're most welcome.
Issam HDR (6 months ago)
future continuous can not be turned into passive voice .
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You're right. I shouldn't have put that in the table.
Yasantha Suresh (6 months ago)
thanks
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You're welcome.
Yasantha Suresh (6 months ago)
ela
HAMZA LABBAALLI (6 months ago)
I love your explaining I love you. ❤
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
Thank you very much!
Mamata Sahoo (6 months ago)
It was a great help in my exam, so thanks a lot
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You're very welcome.
A de Japon (6 months ago)
What about de verb Born?
Aditya Rout (6 months ago)
Change it into was born
MIN SAN (6 months ago)
I really enjoyed it . i think it gonna be very helpful for my english exam.thank you madam. Im 16 years old sri lankan.
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
Excellent! Good luck with your exam.
Prakash R (6 months ago)
Your explanation is clear and understandable.... excellent teaching...
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
Thank you very much, Prakash!
Mbarek Ramdane (6 months ago)
Hello teacher,I have some questions about the verb have or get ,eg: I have (get)my house painted,I have the company paint my house, the second question with the verb "make" eg: make somebody do something for you (I make the cleaner wash my room) and make something done for you( I make my room cleaned), could you give me more explantation about this?
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You will find the answers to your questions in two other lessons on my channel: Verb 'have' & Verb 'get'.
Aimée Valdovinos (6 months ago)
excellent! thank you
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You're very welcome.
I Alioui (6 months ago)
Thank you Mme for this hard work. I want to ask if you are English or French.
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
You're very welcome. Neither: I am from Iran, but live and work in England.
simhadri kola (6 months ago)
your r looking beautiful
simhadri kola (6 months ago)
great madam
Anglo-Link (6 months ago)
Thank you!
Aso Saz (7 months ago)
Great
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
Thank you!
Thanks you! Have a perfect days to all! 🙂
@Anglo-Link Thanks you! 🙂
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
You're most welcome.
lakouis help tv (7 months ago)
It's very helpful ,but you have made some mistakes concerning the " expressions with gerund". the passive form of the sentence "I avoid seeing him" is " he is avoided to be seen " not " he avoids being seen" in the sense that he is not the doer of the action. best !
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
Thank you, Abdelilah. Indeed, that example is wrong. I had annotated the video with a better example, but it seems that the annotation has disappeared. A better example is: He avoids people seeing him. >> He avoids being seen (by people).
Mr Boorgie chanel (7 months ago)
Great teacher and work. Thanks
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
My pleasure, Enrique!
Aditya Prasun (7 months ago)
Thanks for posting such a nice video. I am in class 6th. This video has removed all my confusion in active and passive voice and also improved my English. I have having confusion in active and passive voice since class 5th, but after seeing this video my problem is completely resolved. Again thanks to Anglo-link for posting such a video....
Aditya Prasun (7 months ago)
Thanks to you mam much...
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
Here is the playlist for tenses:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL891E69DA6560B21E
Aditya Prasun (7 months ago)
I have subscribed your Anglo link channel yesterday. Please send me the link on the number 8409200053 either on whatsapp or messages.
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
I have many videos on tenses on my channel. It will be easier for you to access them if you subscribe.
Aditya Prasun (7 months ago)
Mam please post more videos like this on tenses.
RIZWAN RANJHA (7 months ago)
I learn very important things from this lecture.... Thank you very much.........
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
My pleasure!
Community Goods (7 months ago)
Awesome video. thank you. some videos of voice passive never explain so clear about the tense of the active voice. thank you again.
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
You're most welcome. I'm glad you've enjoyed this lesson.
emirhansenocak (7 months ago)
it's a very helpfull video, thanks for it :)
Anglo-Link (7 months ago)
You're very welcome.

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