Questions tagged [passive-voice]

"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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Doubt regarding passive voice of “The apples will rot in no time.”

My teacher says it should get transformed into, "In no time the apples will rot." I think it should be, "In no time the apples will be rotten." This is because if I were to change ...
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What is the difference between “The saying is taken from a well-known American movie” & “This saying has been taken from a well-known American movie”

What is the difference between simple present passive voice [is+v3] and present perfect passive voice [has been+v3]. When to use them?
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

The plane was crashed and the passengers _________ perished (OR) were perished The given answer is perished. According to my understanding, Since and is a conjunction, it connects passive voice with ...
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“Cookies were cooked deliciously.”

Does “cookies were cooked deliciously by someone” and “someone cooked cookies deliciously” mean the same and grammatically okay?
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How it is possible to change the voice of a sentence which does not have object? [closed]

There is nothing to do. There is nothing to be done. There is time to study. There is nothing to be studied.
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subject/object passive voice

Kasim was being pushed along by the crowd In passive voice, what is the subject? I think it is Kasaim as changing Kasim to 'They' for eg changes the verb to 'were'. Am I wrong? Sheena had been hit by ...
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Double passive: “required to be registered”, “proposed to be left out”, “omitted to be done”

A few double passives are defensible—e.g.: “Offerings in compliance with Regulation D are not required to be registered with the SEC under the Securities Act.” As Ernest Gowers (FMEU2 at 139) noted: ...
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Can a book be an active voice?

Original sentence in a passive voice: In this book, the system for mind training of short exercises was developed. Is this sentence legal? (Can a book develop?) This book developed the system for ...
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Grammaticality of “a list is added an Item”?

Using the word given as a past participle in the following sentence is, presumably, correct: A person is given a gift Can we use the past participle form of the word added in the same way in the ...
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passive form in a long sentence

The original passive sentence (word1..word10 are represent a long piece of a sentence: Results that show word1 word2 word3 word4.. word10, are obtained. But in this sentence a verb (obtained) at the ...
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Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained

Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained by police for about ten hours. Brian was released without charge this evening, being detained by police for about ten hours. Being ...
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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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grammarly consistently gives me errors about passive voice!

Whenever I use passive voice, grammarly gives me errors. For example, it prompts that I have misused passive voice in the following sentence. Organized crimes such as money laundering and ...
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Well liked: passive vs adjective

You use well to emphasize some -ed participles when they are part of a passive construction, you seem to be well liked at work. https://www.wordreference.com/EnglishUsage/well Well-liked adj (well ...
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Past continuous passive or Past simple passive [duplicate]

I was recently doing passive voice exercises when I came upon this sentence in "English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises", and here is the aforementioned sentence and the content of ...
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Past continuous passive or Past simple passive

I was recently doing passive voice exercises when I came upon this sentence in "English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises", and here is the aforementioned sentence and the content of ...
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Prepared vs. Prepare & Was drunk vs. Got drunk [duplicate]

"I'm preparing for my next exam". "I'm getting prepared for my next exam" "He was drunk" vs. "He got drunk" Does "Get" change the meaning of "...
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Is using a passive voice as a subject of another passive voice allowed?

Is it correct to use this sentence: All efforts that have been made (by someone) probably won't be appreciated.
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passive voice plural subject

I have studied passive voice in high school and as I know we should use the verb according to the object, but I come by this example¨ I just wanted to start my question off by assuring you of just ...
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Does somebody+have+something really have a passive voice?

What I read from here: What-is-the-passive-voice-for-the-sentences, some people said somebody+have+something doesn't have a passive voice and the others said otherwise even though it sounds awkward. ...
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Passive - attribute and Put something down to something

What do you put her success down to? - [from Oxford dictionary] She attributes her success to hard work and a little luck. - [from Oxford dictionary] So in light of these sentences' being ...
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Agent of passives introduced by “as to”

Page 68 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads AS TO: used after certain preceding passive clauses, e.g. I am not much troubled as to its outward appearance—G. Gissing, 1903; I am also ...
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“I am slipped down by a skateboard.” Is is correct?

I am slipped down by a skateboard. Or Skateboard slips me down. Are both of these correct? If these are wrong, how to make it correct?
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When do you say “informed from” instead of “informed by”? Is there any difference in nuance?

When we describe something in a passive voice sentence, we often add in it "by" + "someone/something" to indicate who or what the doer of the action is. Example (Active Voice) The ...
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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 to Active

The passive voice is, Things that should not have been forgotten I tried converting this to active voice. attempt 1. No one was supposed to forget those things. attempt 2. No one was supposed to ...
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Grammar- “be placed in”

The sentence is "He advised that she be placed in the one available incubator." Could somebody explain why there is she be placed? is it passive voice?
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To be v3 confusing usage

I was scrolling through, and I confused when I saw this post, I dont understand Why " to be returned" used here. What tense is it ? What's that "to" for ? We see end of the cartoon'...
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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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I feel like I am already relaxing/relaxed

There are a husband and wife talking about something. H: Do you reckon it is any good? W: I hope so. H: Oh, it's good. It's perfect. Just as I remember it. W: Really? H: Well done. Actually it is ...
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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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