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Can verbs with the suffix 化 use passive verb construction?

Posted by xiaophil May 4, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.


So yeah, the question is in the title.  The reason I ask is because in English, when we add 'ize' to a verb, we often use a passive construction, e.g. "this system has been modernized."  For some reason I think "这个系统被现代化" sounds totally wrong.  Am I right to think that 被 verb+化 do not work well together?

Thanks in advance!

PS:This post was inspired by this Qingwen.  I placed this here because it is easier for me to review later, and in addition, I feel like questions somehow get answered better in this group.  If anyone thinks this is a bad way to go about things, let me know.


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