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"Passive voice" is the term used for constructions in which the subject of the verb is the patient of its action.

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make active sentence into passive

I am having trouble turning these sentences into active/passive voice. I have tried but the active/passive meaning contradicts with the main meaning. 1.He doesn't disturb him.(Passive)
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can we say “being seen”?

There is a point in the "choose the correct answer" question that goes like " "The old man ....... to cross the crowded street." 1- has seen 2- has been seen 3- sees 4 - is being seen. My teacher ...
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To talk about admission to a university

I want to get admitted into Cambridge University. I want to get myself admitted into Cambridge University. I can't get admitted there. Is the sentence grammatical or acceptable if I don't use ...
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Passive voice present perfect tense vs present perfect continuous tense

introduce There are several job oriented courses that have been being introduced in the universities’ curriculum. or There are several job oriented courses that have been introduced in ...
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“He was introduced (to) essay structure.”

I introduced essay structure to him Which passive sentence is correct and why? He was introduced to essay structure. He was introduced essay structure.
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Is there way to use `respected` in passive voice with object pronoun

I want to say that there two persons who came to do something and I highly respect them and I want to call them by name in the same sentence. I thought it should be like this: "Deeply respected by me, ...
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Where to put past participles?

Can anyone show me how to put a question to the bold part of the following sentence? "There are two days left." I've come up with one question and it is "How many days left are there". Is it ...
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Is “He was killed by himself” correct?

(1) He killed himself. (2) He was killed by himself. Which one is better? If I want to passive 1st sentence is it correct to use 2nd one? If it is possible or not possible.
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'Inundated' and 'overwhelmed' use 'with' in passive instead of 'by'

Why we use 'with' in passive voice when we are using overwhelmed or Inundated transitive verbs? Why not 'by' Is this because we are not mentioning active agent. Like ' we are inundated with ...
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Double passive voice

They expected a meeting to be held. While turning this sentence into passive voice Is it correct to say ; A meeting was expected by them to be held . Is my oppinion correct or should I use ...
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Difference Between “conducted by ” vs “is conducted by”

An experiment conducted by a scientist An experiment is conducted by a scientist An experiment that is conducted by a scientist Which one is grammatically correct ?
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Being given vs giving

Which of the sentences is correct? Most people can be made happy by being given what they need. Most people can be made happy by giving what they need. My guess is they are all correct. As ...
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Our holiday cost a lot of money

Our holiday was cost a lot of money because we stayed in an expensive hotel. vs Our holiday cost a lot of money because we stayed in an expensive hotel. What sentence is correct? If the ...
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Passive voice, Present Simple, Present Perfect

The washing machine was broken, but it is OK now. > It is repaired. vs It has been repaired. > Please explain the correct choice. Is it possible that both are correct here?
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passive voice clauses act like an adjective

So, I have a sentence: The paintings stolen from the museum haven't been found yet. The phrase stolen from the museum acts like paintings which were stolen from the museum, so could it be an ...
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If clause with passive sentences

Which one is correct? If you select this mode, no more question is asked. If you select this mode, no more question will be asked.
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The school is open from 10 A.M to 5 P.M

I know that open is an ergative verb and it can be used transitively and intransitively and open is also an adjective. The school opens at 10 A.M and closes at 5 P.M. The school is opened at ...
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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Change this sentence into passive

How can this sentence be changed into passive voice: "My mother let me play today." which one is correct: I was let to play today by my mother. I was let play today by my mother.
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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What is the active form of “to be invited to”

I have the following sentence: I will be more than happy to have an opportunity to be invited to your institution... Microsoft Word complains on it: passive voice (consider revising). So my ...
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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Passive voice sentences

I think the question that was given to me is just about using an easier way. I think the question I was given is just about using an easier way. My question is: Are there any differences in ...
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To infinitive VS bare infinitive

He made me laugh(active) I was made to laugh by him(passive voice) In the active voice made is followed by personal object and bare infinitive. But in the passive voice made is followed ...
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Is it too passive to start a sentence with 'To do something'?

There are two types of pollution, local pollution and non-local pollution. To quantify local pollution, this paper adopted a mass balance approach. Actually the two sentences are from two paragraphs. ...
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Change the Voice into Passive Voice [closed]

Please turn the below sentences into passive speech And show how did you do ? (1)Carry it home (2) Can anybody Cure it ? (3) Flowers smell nice (4) He called it Laurel
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“Our office was left early” – how do I say this naturally?

Plesase help me with below sentence construction. Yesterday our office was left early because of heavy rain Suggest me synonyms for left or any alternative sentence. I feel use of Past tense ...
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“Get going” VS. “Get gone”

I've looked it up for the meanings. What I was wondering now is the grammar part. Could anyone tell me how they differ in meanings relating to the present participle and past participle?
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The Passive Auxillary

The company is being taxed The company has been taxed The company has been being taxed These are three examples listed in a book on syntax. In the first one, the book suggests that "is" is ...
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Which is correct - “while chapaties are being made” or “while making chapaties”?

I have to change the voice of the following sentence Our mothers use tongs while making chapaties. I think its answer would be Tongs are used by our mothers while chapaties are being made. But ...
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The passive form of 'believe' vs 'consider'

Example : Each culture has special things that are believed to bring good luck to people. Each culture has special things that are considered bringing good luck to people. Question : Are they both ...
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Passive sentence

1.The application has been written by Peter in his home. 2.The application has been written in Peter's home by him. Above which one sentence is grammatical correct and how?
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Why can I use 'be' in the sentence of “If the number is wrong, the teacher orders that the data be sent.”? [duplicate]

In the sentence, If the number is wrong, the teacher orders that the data be sent. Why can I use 'be' instead of 'is'? What is the difference?
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Changing “I was inducted into X” into active voice

I am so confused about how to change passive to active. How do I say: I was inducted into the National Honor Society in active voice?
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Is it correct to say “I wasn't finished”?

I can realize that (was/were + p.p) is simple past passive ,But in this case (I wasn't finished) I can't realize to be the object ,How can I be finished , What does that mean ? When I studied simple ...
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Why does this second conditional statement use the passive voice when the clauses are swapped?

I came across this in a text book yesterday and it's been on my mind since. To be fair, it's not the best sentence anyway, but it did make me think. "If a tornado hit Rex's house, it would destroy it....
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When talking about planned actions vs unplanned actions, What would be the right form…?

"we are focused" vs "We focus". It would be great if these are explained with multiple Examples..! Thanks in Advance.
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I have had my phone stolen

once i came across a phrase I have had my phone stolen and I had had my ears removed I understand the meaning, but what's the grammatical rule regulates it? I have googled passive voice, ...
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On whatever amount of money (that) you have

How to make the following expression sound natural (and be grammatical)? This bank account gives 2% on whatever amount of money that you have in your account. For example, would it be more natural ...
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Can we change Verb in Passive Voice

Can we change Verb tense in passive voice. e.g.1 X killed Y. (Active Voice) Y Killed by X (Passive Voice) e.g.2 X died in the earthquake. (Active Voice) X was killed in the earthquake. (passive ...
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Passive form of sentences

What is the passive form of such these sentences: I enjoy watching TV. I don't like playing football. or I don't want to play football. I'd like to drink a cup of tea. In normal sentences usually, ...
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“He is sat on a bus”

I have occasionally heard or seen the verb "sit" used in the passive. My initial impression was that it was a typo/error. But I have seen it occur enough to start to doubt that. For instance: Shaun ...
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Talk about vs Talked about

As far as i know, Transitive verb can only become passive Well, Look at this example The mangers talked about the problem. The problem was talked about. As far as i am concerned, when ...
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How different, has closed VS has been closed?

The cafe has closed The cafe has been closed Two of the sentences have same meaning?
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“Testing complete” vs “Testing is completed”

Consider these two ways of saying something: Testing complete. Testing is completed. This is just an example. I want to understand any differences between the two constructions “ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴀᴅᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ” ...
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Can I use passive voice with to instead of by?

Can I use to instead of by in this passive sentence? It has been known to him.
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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'suppose' and 'think' in passive voice

I came across this task during my exam. Ted Sanford was born nine minutes later than his brother Harry. It was his twin brother, Harry, who was (supposed/thought) to become an earl, to inherit a ...
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I wasn’t meant to do something. // I didn’t mean to do something

I wasn’t meant to do something. I didn’t mean to do something. How different they are from each other?
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Can I use 'got canceled' in a sentence?

Can I use following sentence in American English? I was ready to go but the party got canceled.