Animals in zoos suffer in many ways, but at least they are taken care by vets.
In a passive structure this is a fairly easy mistake to make since the object of care comes before the verb. Let’s take a look at some examples using the featured image for this post as inspiration (crossing the road).
take care (no object)
- When crossing the road you should take care.
In this case the subject – the person who is crossing the road – is looking after him or herself and nobody else.
take care of (+ object)
- When crossing the road, parents should take care of their children.
In this case the subject – parents – are looking after an object – their children. If we turn this active structure into a passive structure, then we get:
- When crossing the road, children should be taken care of by their parents.
It might be best to think in terms of the following synonyms:
- take care = be careful (never followed by an object)
- take care of = look after (always followed by an object)
In our opening example, which is a passive structure with BOTH subject AND an object, we need:
- Animals in zoos suffer in many ways, but at least they are taken care of by vets.