Is the sentence “Two pounds are owed by John” grammatical or not
Vyvyan Evans & Melanie Green. Cognitive Linguistics. An Introduction.
Not all transitive verbs undergo passive transformation. e.g.,
John kicked the ball -----> The ball was kicked by John.(correct)
John owes two pounds -----> *? Two pounds are owed by John.(incorrect).
Could anyone give me a reason as to why the second example is incorrect ?