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Re: Test for middle voice?

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Monday, November 21, 2005, 10:16
R A Brown wrote:

> > What about 'Tea > > drinks more easily than water when you have a cold'? > > :-) > > Yes, indeed, although I have never heard that; but as we know from the > frequent YAEDTs, it would be a misguided to say that would never occur > in a language spoken over such a wide area as English is. Could any > Romance language (or German) use a reflexive in that context (Tea drinks > itself more easily....)?
Russian and Ukrainian do. "Чай пьётся" (chay p'yotsya) etc. in contrast to "Он пьёт чай" (on p'yot chay) - he drinks tea. -- Yitzik