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Always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never"

Usually we use words like "always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never" in present passive as in "He is always given a surprise" and past ...
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"should" and "should be" in "He should get the role" and "The role should be given to him"

Is there a difference between: He should get the role and The role should be given to him
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Passive and active voices in a compound sentence

I am a little bit confused by the structure of the following sentence: It is often argued that this is a positive development, whilst others disagree and think it will lead to adverse ramifications. ...
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Adverb in active and passive voice

Extracts can be found in English on the website. You can find extracts in English on the website. When writing this passive sentence as active voice what “in English” describes the same? Would it be ...
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“Leaves are moved” or “leaves move”?

The leaves of a tree are moved by the wind. That is, the wind moves the leaves. Can I just say “leaves move” in this situation? “move” here is an intransitive verb.
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Passive voice form of 'I think, therefore I am'

I'm curious about the passive voice forms (if any) of the sentences, I am and I think, therefore I am.
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Are these sentences in the active or passive voice?

I've been taught that the active voice = subject + verb + object and the passive voice = object + verb + (not always) subject I can't figure out which voice the following sentences are in, based on ...
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in order to confess [closed]

a. He was tortured to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. b. He was tortured to make him confess to crimes he hadn't committed. c. He was tortured in order to confess to crimes he hadn't committed. ...
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Active Infinitives vs. Passive Infinitives. Which one is more suitable for formal writing?

I have seen the following sentence: They gave me a question too hard to answer. However, in my opinion, this use of active infinitive is ungrammatical here, and the following passive Infinitive ...
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How do I change "is made of" into an active voice?

How do I change the sentence "this candle is made of natural soy wax" into an active voice? Also, can someone please explain why Grammarly considers "is made of" a passive voice ...
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Passive and usage of “being” in a sentence

I am trying to understand why this sentence is incorrect as in grammatically. The instructions were given to use passive/active accordingly. The incorrect verse: It's raining and the roads are full ...
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Which is the correct sentence and use of the of the word spend/spent

$13,000 - average domestic spent by Kuwaiti families per month. $13,000 - average domestic spend by Kuwaiti families per month.
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“Analysis is run daily.” is it correct?

The following sentence is in an email from Google: “Analysis is run daily.” Please let me understand, why it isn’t “analysis runs daily” or “analysis does run daily” or “analysis is running daily”? Is ...
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Different between "have been doing "and"have being done"

I'm always confused about this tow construction I confronted this sentences and cant undrestand the main meaning -There has been growing concern by researchers. I want to know are these constructions ...
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"I broke my arm" vs "my arm was broken"

I broke my arm. In my language (Persian), if I say this to one of my friends, her response would be like this: “Are you out of your mind? Why did you break your arm?” because it implies that I broke ...
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Why is "apples are good to be eaten" incorrect?

I was doing an online test where they asked to fill in the blank. Here's the question: Apples are good ______ Here are the choices: to be eating to eat to eating to be eaten I selected "to be ...
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"complete" as an intransitive verb?

I came across this sentence somewhere: This dictionary took three years to complete. Clearly, it means '[...] took three years to be completed'. Is this sentence correct? And if so, how can the use ...
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How do i get rid of the passive voice misuse error?

What is the correct way to get rid of the error here? The sentence goes like These books are expensive. A book grant must be sanctioned. If I change it to These books are expensive. There must be a ...
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Why write "does" instead of "is" "What time does/is the pharmacy open?"

General question about when to use "is" and "does" as I keep interchanging both of them. In the sentence "What time does the pharmacy open?" Why can't I write this: &...
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I tried to turn active sentences into passive sentences. Do I have it right? If I have mistakes, I'd appreciate it if you could fix them

1- The two countries have serious historical differences that span issues including religion, ethnicity and of course, politics. 1A- The two nations have genuine verifiable contrasts that length ...
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Having + past participle or Having been + past participl

Please help me get to know these. I am not able to differentiate the usage between these two having + past participle and having been + past participle For instance(just to give a clearer vision of ...
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Could you tell which of the following are correct and why?

Could you please tell me which one of the following is correct and why: The song releases on (a specific date) The song is releasing on (a specific date) The song will be released on (a specific date)...
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How does "sell out" work? How to understand it?

I find the phrasal verb "sell out" a bit confusing. Which is/are wrong? We're sold out. We're sold out of X. We sold out. We sold out of Y. Tickets have sold out. Tickets have been sold out....
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"The updated schedule will be informed soon" Can this sentence be converted to active voice?

The updated schedule will be informed soon I can't figure out the subject, verb & object from this sentence. So I can't convert this to active voice. Does this sentence have any mistakes at all?
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Time frame of past perfect passive in this sentence

Can somebody explain to me the time frame of this sentence. Archeological sites in the remote locations are not likely to have been previously identified. I also tried to simplify it Archeological ...
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Having + object + Past participle and having + object + bare infinitive

What is the difference in these two sentences. I am quite confused The minister had eggs thrown at him. [past participle] The minister had a woman throw eggs at him. [bare infinitive] I think the ...
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Preposition + having been + Past participle

As far as I know, Having been is mostly used to tell background information. For instance : Having been taught grammar, I started speaking english. However, I have seen many times it is used with ...
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How can I change passive into an active form in the following sentence?

Grammarly is displaying passive voice misuse in this sentence? A mobile-friendly shopping website was developed to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones.
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To or to be? Help. Thanks

There is a lot of information to process. There is a lot of information to be processed. Any grammatical difference? Both feels the same to me.
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Can "to be", as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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When change is transitive and in which situations intransitive

I'm not sure when exactly the verb "change" can be passive or not. With googling, I figured out that it could not be passive when you are talking about a change happening in someone's ...
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Transforming sentence to passive

I am trying to transform this sentence into passive form: They are thought ... in a deserted cottage. [hide] My guess is: In a desert cottage they are thought to be hidden. Is that correct?
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Is "Who has Hamlet been written by?" a grammatically correct sentence?

I'm practicing active to passive voice transformation and trying to determine the best way to transform the following sentence - "Who has written Hamlet?" My answer is: By whom has Hamlet ...
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Is "Our electricity rates have been raised at about 20 percent a year." grammatically inccorect?

I have been learning English and I got confused about the use of rise/raise. In the chapter dealing with the difference between rise and raise, it says "Our electricity rates have been rising at ...
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Correct use of passive and active gerund

Please consider the question from a grammar test. I don't mind ______ that I'm wrong. being told telling to tell to be told The test says (1) option is correct. My point is that both (1) and (2) ...
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Is sold vs sells

What is the difference between active and passive voice in these sentences? This product is sold well. This product sells well.
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Help me find the difference between these two sentences [closed]

The World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners Lee. Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web.
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Active and passive voice usage for gerunds and infinitives

I saw him go. What is the passive voice of this? My book is saying: He was seen to go by me. Why can’t it be : He was seen going by me.
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Active or Passive with 'to form'

Should I choose Passive or Active form of the verb here? In fact, a pool of melted water ____________ (FORM) at the North Pole every year now since 2002. I guess, a pool can't form itself, so ...
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Can I use "When you are placed in difficult situation" interchangeably with "When you are put in difficult situation"?

Can I say When you are put in difficult situation instead of When you are placed in difficult situation Are these interchangeable?
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Relate or be related

How should I deal with 'relate' in this context? Basque is the language which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France. It __________ (not/relate) to any other language in the ...
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Your item has shipped or has been shipped?

To my knowledge, as the verb ship is a synonym of send, the correct form should be Your item has been shipped. However on many online stores I see: Your item has shipped. Is this correct? To ...
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"it is rusted" or "it has rusted" or "it has been rusted"?

Are they correct? or what are differences among these sentenses? it is rusted. it has rusted. it has been rusted.
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How to change them from active to passive?

I m student to learn English and my teacher wanted to change the two sentences from active to passive: 1-They were teaching her English two years ago 2-Ali stayed at home to sleep because he was ...
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Passive voice misuse -error

requesting your help This is because the data packets are transmitted electronically, which means that these messages can be exchanged at a much higher rate than any physical medium. Is the ...
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Had broken or had been broken

I have never seen any use of 'passive voice' in a conditional sentence before. I was reading a story book and found one of the story characters saying, What would have happened if the bridge had ...
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Is it correct to use 'have had + verb (past participle)'?

A reward has been announced for the employees who have worked or have had worked hard. As far as I understand this is an example of present perfect tense. Here, have is an auxiliary verb and it will ...
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"Had gone" vs "Were gone"

I'm writing a text and I'm wondering if I can change "The week before, we had gone to a British Palace" by "The week before, we were gone to a British Palace". It seems to me that "were gone" cannot ...
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usage of has and has been

1) With the evolution of international law in the last 100 years, the concept of unrestricted sovereignty has weakened. Is usage of "has" correct here? Or should we use has been? 2)I miss him when ...
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"Did" vs "was" sentence example

Can I use "when did this bridge build" instead of "when this bridge was built" (I think simple past tense is not possible without passive form)