[Corpora-List] Search Wordsmith by tag passive voice

Christopher Tribble ctribble at clara.co.uk
Thu Mar 1 01:32:00 CET 2007

Linda not sure if Rich Text is allowed on the list, so am also sending the
following search string:

<w VBD* <w VVN*

This works. Don't forget to declare the BNC World Tag set in Settings /



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From: owner-corpora at lists.uib.no [mailto:owner-corpora at lists.uib.no]
On Behalf Of Linda Bawcom
Sent: 28 February 2007 18:28
To: corpora at uib.no
Subject: [Corpora-List] Search Wordsmith by tag passive voice

Dear List Members,

I've been trying to search for passive voice in Wordsmith using the
BNC. I have tried:

<w VBD>* <w VVN> I put * after the first tag to mean any form of BE

Could my spacing be wrong or perhaps (more than likely) the tag? Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Kindest regards,
Linda Bawcom

"Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind."
John Donne

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