• Paul Ziff
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 173)


The Sentence ‘I know George’ does not, in my idiolect, have a nondeviant passive. But there are discourses in which the sentence can be embedded and in which the passive is then unobjectionable. If one considers a situation in which a group is in question, the shift to the passive becomes plausible. If one is concerned to have someone identify George, and if one member of the group knows George, one might say ‘George is known by at least one member of this group, namely by me’. (It should be noted, however, that, even in the suggested context, the simple sentence ‘George is known by me’ would not ring true.)


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ziff
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA

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