The man offered to help the flight attendants.

Why is "was" being skipped here? Isn't it:

The man was offered


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    'Offered' is the past tense of the verb 'offer'. Past tense is not passive voice. Dec 1 '21 at 22:48
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    There is no passive voice in your first sentence. The subject does the action of the verb, so this is in the active voice.
    – gotube
    Dec 2 '21 at 5:41
  • The sentence "The man was offered to help the flight attendants" means, if anything, that he was offered as a human sacrifice presumably to appease the gods who might otherwise have disturbed the flight.
    – mdewey
    Dec 2 '21 at 14:25
  • I’m closing this question because it's based on the false assumption that those two sentences are equivalent. They're not
    – gotube
    Dec 19 '21 at 6:53

For many verbs, the past tense and the past participle happen to have the same form.

So offered, for example, can be either past tense:

He offered her a cake.

or past participle, which is used in several constructions, including perfect:

I've offered him an apology

and passive

She was offered an umbrella.

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