In some sentence such as

"He should be hired for this job"

"He should hired for this job"

When should "be" be used, or not?

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    "He should hired for this job" is not grammatical. Modals (like should) are always always always followed by the base form of the next verb: hire or be. – Colin Fine Dec 6 '19 at 15:38
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because asking when to use the infinitive form of "be" necessitates too long an answer. – Mari-Lou A Jan 7 '20 at 11:10

There are many situations when we need to use a be-verb, and passive voice sentences like this one are one situation.

It is easiest to explain this starting with the equivalent active voice sentence:

We should hire him for this job.

we is the subject, hire is what we are doing, and him is the object.

When you convert a sentence to passive voice, you discard the subject, more the object to the front, and replace the verb with a be-verb and a past participle:

He should be hired for this job.


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