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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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“I'm caught by the tail.” (I = a tiger) Does the wordplay work? Is it ambiguous?

"catch/have a tiger by the tail" is an idiom we all know. I'm writing some quotes for a character, who is a tiger. Can the tiger say "I'm caught by the tail"? The sentence somewhat ...
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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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“it's even been linked to” VS “it's linked to”

Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood pressure, and it's even been linked to diabetes and obesity. Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood ...
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Position of agent in passive speech

Which sentence is correct? This new house will be bought by him next month. or This new house will be bought next month by him. I'm considering if there is a difference in meaning between these ...
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Shouldn't there be an auxiliary in: “found itself taken by assault”?

Why was an auxiliary verb omitted before the past participle "taken"? Maogamalcha, which a little before had boasted of being impregnable, and had laughed to scorn the vain efforts of the ...
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Passive voice misuse

I wrote this sentence: Therefore, the copula model has been fitted to the data. However, one online program return me writing issue as "Passive voice misuse". I feel that my sentence is ...
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Being Vs Been in a sentence

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and are there any grammatical rules for that? (1) Wine is being made in Italy for thousands of years. (2) Wine has been made in Italy for thousands of ...
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What's meaning “would” in this sentence?

What's the usage and meaning of "would" in this sentence: He (Sherlock Holmes) would undoubtedly have been baffled by the way the crime was committed. In this sentence, why is “have” used ...
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“Object to” phrasal verb or not

He objected to the proposal. The above is a sentence to change into passive voice from a grammar book. The answer was also given. According to the Oxford dictionary, object is given as intransitive in ...
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What should i make for Passive Past [closed]

Sir, i've been wondering, what should i write for passive and in past tense, for sentence : I stay for the sermon. I stay for the sermon (active present) I stayed for the sermon (active past) For the ...
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Please guide me the ambiguity about passive voice

I have an ambiguity that a given sentence is using the passive voice or not. The sentence is: I was annoyed because they were late. Can you please advise me about my doubt?
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence?

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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Is it correct to say I got attacked?

I heard native speakers rarely use passive expressions. Is it correct to say something like "I got attacked"? e.g. I’m attacked by him. I got attacked by him.
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Change into passive voice :

"I take good care of my books." If we passivise this sentence, which of the following will be correct and what's the wrong with the others? 1. My books are taken good care of. 2. Good care ...
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Are these Passive clause sentences?

1.Nobody is following what being said.(somebody is saying something and at the same time nobody is following him/her). 2.Nobody is following what being said.(something was said earlier but now nobody ...
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Can we use passive without auxiliary verbs?

Can we use passive without auxiliary verbs like in below sentence just to stress on work rather than on point of time "To maximize the process of the brain being washed properly and HGH being ...
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Confused over passive-voice - future simple or future continuous?

The book report will be given by Mary to the class. Reconstruct the sentence in the passive form. a) Mary will be giving a book report to the class. b) Mary will give a book report to the class. ...
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Using Passive Voice in This Sentence

Just a minute ago, when I look at worldometers and I saw a sentence: COVID-19 forecasting model used by the US Government. I can't understand that part of the sentence: used by the US Government. ...
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Passive of the verb 'contain' [duplicate]

We may use the verb 'contain' in a passive sentence? Question is, how? To me, the verb 'contain' is kind of INTRANSITIVE since it presents a state, not an action i.e. there is no working force (agent) ...
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concerning of a passive verb

I want to know a correct answer. Examples of sentence is below. 1)My wallet was lost by me. 2)My wallet was lost to me. Which sentence is correct concerning of a passive verb?
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Which sentence is correct?'

Which is correct? 'They are showing the tv program at the moment. ' or 'They are being shown the tv program at the moment.'
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“make + object + passive verb form”

Make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed. The passive variant of the forementioned would be: Used when one account was made ...
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Why do we say “challenge accepted” instead of “challenge is accepted”?

I have never heard someone say "challenge is accepted" however it sounds more formal to me than "challenge accepted" I am not a native speaker by the way. let me know what do you think , thanks in ...
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How to say that something is always going to be done certain way using passive voice?

For instance if I want to say that I work after I get money, but I want to use "work" in passive voice (I think). Is "A work is done after I get money." correct? I mean I always do work this way, it's ...
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Tell me all wrong grammar points in this short simple sentence [closed]

What do you think of this sentence: "How many days is quarantined?" using "is" wrong with to be verb while we have "how many days" and is it correct to use the passive form "quarantined" in this way? ...
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spend the day bent/ bending over something

It's shown in OALD that spend something doing something spend something in doing something Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 9th edition © Oxford University Press, 2015 However, I've come ...
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How to get rid of passive voice misuse?

I know that the following sentence has grammatical error: The simulation results of the winglet was provided. How can I reframe this sentence correctly?
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How do I make a passive sentence with “be believed”?

I need to make a new sentence with the verb in brackets: Many bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. (to be believed). I thought it could be Many bacteria believed to be resistant to ...
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Complete the line - passive voice

I have a homework, I have to complete the text and there is a sentence She still ________ to be a Russian hero. I have to add the word CONSIDER in correct form. I thought it's She is still ...
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Passive Voice when third person is YOU

What is the passive voice of "you have completed the assignment", is it "The assignment have been completed by you"?
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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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What is the grammar rule for “to be” in this sentence?

Can someone explain to me what the grammar rule for "to be" is in this sentence: "Landlords and tenants often disagree over paying for things to be mended". Is it a passive construct? Here's ...
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‘The turkey won’t fully cook’ needs to use passive voice?

I found this sentence in an English leaning material: The temperature needs to be 220 at the minimum or else the turkey won’t fully cook. The subject of the latter half is ‘turkey’. Do we need to ...
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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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Which is correct *is; is being; was /were*?

A complete sentence: If only Anny [is; is being; was / were] a bit more reliable. Then we wouldn't have to wonder if the job is being done correctly.
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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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It is possible to use “to get” instead of “to be” in passive voice?

Are the below sentences passive? my car got stolen? to get dressed. It is possible to use "to get" instead of "to be" in passive voice, for any tense and verb?
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“electricity was suddenly turned off” or “electricity suddenly turned off”

Randall has been writing his paper when the electricity suddenly turned off The difference between "was turned off" and "turned off" Can I use present perfect progressive has been if "the electricity ...
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passive form of the verb blame

We blame who for starting the fire ? = Who is blamed by us for starting the fire ? = Who is blamed for starting the fire ? (=Who must take the responsibility for starting the fire ?) In my ...
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Is it always appropriate to omit the verb to be from a passive voice sentence?

I can replace A solution is needed urgently. Newer version has already been installed. with A solution needed urgently. Newer version already installed. Is this kind of omission always ...
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Omitting to in a passive sentence

Is it acceptable to omit "to" in the sentence. A letter was written his parents by him. Or should I write: A letter was written to his parents by him.
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According to Grammarly, this sentence is incorrect. But is it really?

I was given two movie tickets by my mother I was using Grammarly and it says "by" should be replaced by "from". Please find a link to the Grammarly checker here.
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Can we use “with” instead of “by” after passive voice?

Can we use "with" instead of "by" after passive voice? For instance, "it can be done by the aid of you". In the above example, can we apply "with" in lieu of "by"?
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Correct use of passive voice in “His mobile phone is turned off”

The following sentence has written in the passive voice, but Grammarly took an error as a "Passive Misuse", I would like to know what the problem has it? His mobile phone is turned off According to ...
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Which one is the grammatically correct sentence? Why the other alternatives are wrong?

A. The matter was informed to the police. B. The matter has been informed of the police. C. The police was informed of the matter. D. The police were informed of the matter. The police refers to a ...
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“I have been graduated from XYZ University in ABC-MSc” is correct?

graduate verb is intransitive and as far as I know, this sort of verbs couldn't be used as a passive form. Am I right? I have strangely seen it is correct in some website like this: https://answers....
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make active sentence into passive “He doesn't disturb him.”

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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