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orders ship/are shipped

Discussion in 'English' started by morrisbarr22, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. morrisbarr22

    morrisbarr22 New commenter

    Which of these sentences is most grammatically correct?
    1) Orders ship within 1-3 business days of purchase.
    2) Orders are shipped within 1-3 business days of purchase.
  2. pianopete

    pianopete Occasional commenter

    I don't think one is more correct than the other, although because 2 is in the passive voice, I'd be less inclined to use it.
  3. morrisbarr22

    morrisbarr22 New commenter

    But after all, the orders don't ship themselves. It's not the most correct to use 2?
  4. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    I would agree with the second option. Unless (God forbid) you are ordering a mail order bride, the orders have no agency, therefore cannot be the subject of the verb. Hence the passive construction seems more accurate.
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  5. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Can any usage be "more" correct than another? Either it's correct or incorrect, isn't it?

    "Ship" is allowed to be either an intransitive verb as in [1] or transitive verb as in [2] (with the transportation meaning) according to at least one dictionary.


    [2] seems more natural to me - I suppose just because I read that construction more often but both sentences are correct.
  6. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    "But after all, the orders don't ship themselves. It's not the most correct to use 2"

    The intransitive use - "orders ship" is similar to "This car sells at £30,000". The car doesn't sell itself but the usage is correct,
  7. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Or "These windows clean easily".

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