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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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Passive Voice Misuse, Grammarly

I have been checking my writing in Grammarly and correcting my grammar using the Free Plan. But there are some warnings that can only be fixed using the Premium Plan. One thing that is bugging me a ...
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Why is it correct to say “your hair wants cutting”?

In a multiple choice question: Your hair wants ____. You'd better have it done tomorrow. Clearly here required a passive voice, like "to be cut." However, the answer given is "cutting....
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Infinitives clauses and noun clauses

I thought Ela to have beaten Ron. (The sentence may sound ridiculous and unconventional, but I made it solely to understand the Infinitive and their functions better and will never choose these kind ...
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The sentence meaning and type

I was recently reading a text on YouTube channel. The sentence written was It was a great pleasure to apoear on Roqe media this week and be interviwed by Mr.James, talking about our YouTube channel. ...
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Which sentence is correct and which sentence sounds natural? [closed]

"A machine that could be manufactured at low cost". or "A machine that could manufacture at low cost"
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Can “launch” be used in the middle voice?

Usually it is used in the passive voice. The project was launched yesterday. But I remember coming across something like The project launched yesterday. Do you think that 2 is also correct?
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Active or Passive voice

This book is to read. This book is to be read. Which one is ok? "This book' is not the doer, but the receiver of the action. This is the object of the action if the voice is kept active, thus if ...
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Is “mistakes are caused because of…” redundant?

In this B2 exercise the student had to complete the second sentence so that it had a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given in block capital letters. The student must not change ...
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Is “my eyes are closed” passive voice?

In translate I can not see an passive voice. Translation result means: My eyes closed. If "My eyes are closed" sentences is passive voice, who was done by?
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“award” passive voice. Put the word in brackets into the correct passive form

After (award) a medal for bravery, he became a local hero. Help me with this one please, I don't understand it.
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Are prepositional verbs transitive verbs?

Are prepositional verbs transitive verbs? I ask that because some prepositional verbs can become passive verbs and the “object of preposition” can become the “subject” of passive prepositional verb.
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Does passive voice work in 'he is the best man to be chosen'?

I know it is common to say 'he is the best man to choose', but can I turn it into 'he is the best man to be chosen'. If it is appropriate, do they carry the same meaning and sense?
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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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Passive construction with “swimming”

"Swimming is something I like to do" I saw this posted on a forum for grammar, which stated that swimming is the verb and I is the subject. As the verb comes before the subject it is ...
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Simple Passive and Simple Active Gerunds

Why is the first sentence wrong? Sarah's kitten loves holding. She holds it every day. It seems correct. For example: I like dancing. He enjoys swimming. Alice likes running and jumping.
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kidnapped to be exploited [closed]

a. They were kidnapped to be exploited as slaves. b. They were kidnapped to toil as slaves. Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct? I think (b) is incorrect, but I am not sure.
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“was” changed to “have been” in passive

I am doing some passive exercises and I can not understand why It is said that she was the greatest singer of all time. was made to She is said to have been the greatest singer of all time. I am ...
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Would you categorize this sentence in active or passive voice?

Is this sentence in active or passive voice? "The book I tore is in pieces.". Is the book the subject here or is it 'I'? If the book is the subject, what's 'tore'?
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“… can already been seen …” grammatically correct?

In a recent issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, there is a sentence "The shift can already been seen." Is this grammatically correct? Or does it omit something, or actually a typo (can -> ...
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What is passive voice misuse in the following text?

I am writing an essay and this is a part of my introduction: This essay is twofold; first, the undergoing changes are elaborated. How these changes have negatively affected our life is something that ...
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Passive dative voice if it is correct

Can I say "I was bought a car" meaning that a car was bought for me or it is incorrect. And the following sentence "The universe expands" it means that The Universe expands ...
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“to be/is/get used”

Why in this sentences use phrase "to be" instead of is or get? What did the author wants to say? Polymorphism is a feature that allows one interface to be used for a general class of ...
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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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Can you tell me please the difference between Get passive and Being passive

For example what is correct "My car is getting repaired" or "My car is being repaired" , can't understand the difference , the first and the second sentences seem to be narrating ...
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Passive vs active voice

I came across this sentence in a test: The first computer was built in 1943, but since then the computer technology has developed a great deal. My confusion is can we use has been developed instead ...
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“being” in active sentence?

"Being" is usually seen in continuous passive sentences. such as: "A letter is being written." But what does it mean when it's used in an active sentence? For example: "You ...
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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Passive voice with both transitive and intransitive verb

Somethings confused me. I think i didn't understand something. When I translated 1. and 2. sentences, I saw passive voice(doing by someone). But I translated third sentence I didn't saw passive voice ...
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The usage of the “to + be + v3”

Eg: Your surgeon should also explain the type of anesthesia to be used. In the above example, what is the meaning and tense of the "to be used". Further, please explain to me that there is ...
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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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passive voice sentence begins with wh- word

I am confused about a wh-- question. who would you have me be loyal to? I want to know what kind of sentence is this? A passive voice or a passive wh-- question? what is the purpose of 'have' and '...
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is being opened vs to be opened

A shop is being opened. A shop is about to be opened. What is the difference between these two sentences? The first one is voice change, the second one is also a voice change? Is there any difference ...
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to + Passive voice

Could I use the passive voice in such a way: "These kinds of subjects are easier to be taught" or "Subjects like drama, art or poetry are extremely difficult to be understood by both ...
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“The restaurant's fantastic dinners had been being prepared by Chef Jones for two years.”

Can one say: The restaurant's fantastic dinners had been being prepared by Chef Jones for two years. By my understanding of English, this sentence does not compute. Perhaps 'had been prepared' works,...
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Difference between “I get” and “I am”

Is there any differences between these sentences: I get contacted by clients all the time I am contacted by clients all the time I heard people using both before. For me, I always use 2. If both are ...
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Passive past perfect vs Passive past tense

What is the difference between Dishwashers were introduced in 1978 and Dishwashers had been introduced in 1978 Thank you in advance.
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How to use “accountable” and “charged” without a human subject?

I'm doing some translation and I'm doubting between three choices in the translation: subject: "these actions" in the event of them being charged to Performance Department in the event of ...
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What's the passive form of this sentence?

Their students don't break the window. I just tried almost everything but it still doesn't make sense.
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being+past participle without is/are - what is the rule?

English words being used in conversation. being used - what is the rule? If it is the passive voice (Continuous), why it is used without be, like English words are being used in conversation. If it is ...
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Being in Passive

Is this a passive sentence? Being loved is more important! I don't see it as a passive sentence because there is no subject here. Can someone explain me?
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be demanded + to infinitive or that clause

He was demanded “to confess” to the robbery. He was demanded “that he should” confess to the roberry. I wonder whether these two sentences are correct. When we use “demand” as in a passive voice, can ...
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Are the following sentences correct?

I didn't know what was going on the second room. I didn't know what has been going on the second room.
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Being for background information

Being can be used as a subordinate clause or a noun clause to give explanatory background information. Consider my sentence in this context : Being entertained by smartphones and gaming gadgets, ...
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Passive of “Do not open the door.”

I looked up the passive voice of "Do not open the door." and got two answers which are: "Let not the door be opened." "Let the door not be opened." However, I find both ...
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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 to change this sentence below to passive voice?

Jill's parent are making her study hard. Is my version correct? - Jill is being made study hard by her parents. Should it be like this? - Jill is being made to study hard by her parents.
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Passive form of the verb give

If a sentence You gave a gift becomes a passive form, which of following two is right? A gift was given you or A gift was given by you. I am confused. An answer or any related reference is appreciated!...
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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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Is it correct to say “By who was this stick broken?” instead of “Who was this stick broken by”?

Is it correct to say "By who was this stick broken?" instead of "Who was this stick broken by"?
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“He has played cricket with me”

In the below sentences, I want to understand why the usage of has is correct Sentences He has played cricket with me He is played by me Above sentences are the right ones. I want to understand why ...

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