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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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“has not seen” versus “has not been seen”

In the sentence The ocean, 95% of which has not (seen/been seen) before. I know that the correct answer is "been seen". Why do I use been, the past tense of "to be"? Is there a better way to ...
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What is “What did he do to solve this problem?” in passive form?

If we got this sentence What did he do to solve this problem? I think that its passive form is What was done by him to solve this problem? But my teacher said it was What ...
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Passive infinitive + verb third form

Which kind of stretchers is it. Passive infinitive + verb third form. As it is written here (may have been decimated). May have been is passive infinitive and decimated is verb third form.
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Are said to be interned

What is the meaning of the structure are said in the following phrase: Over 1m uighurs are said to be interned in the camps Is this phrase a passive sentence?
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Has or have with passive voice

How could I use has/have with passive. For example, This has already proofed in 1990. or This has already been proofed in 1990. Which one is correct?
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Adding multiple sentences after “was advised to”

What is the most correct : "He was advised to lose some weight, do regular exercises and quit smoking" Or "He was advised to lose some weight, do regular exercises and to quit smoking"
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Is “Choosing the right course has been treated by me as a key element in developing my interests” correct?

I want to write a sentence, but without using "I" as a first word. Is "Choosing the right course has been treated by me as a key element in developing my interests" correct? Should I put "by me" at ...
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Changing two verbs from active to passive in one sentence

Could you please change this sentence into passive voice? The pitcher plant traps and digests small animals. Being confused because of two verbs in active voice
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“start to be built” or “be started to build” which is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which is grammatically correct, "The castle started to be built" or "The castle was started to build"?
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“the thing someone did was do something” or “the thing someone did was doing something”?

Here is what I have found in Crash Course US history at 13 minute and 4 second, and it really confused me. Whereas if you are an american arguably the most important thing the leader of this era ...
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What is the passive form of the following?

They had someone to help them. Is it "they had been helped"?
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What is the simple past form of “His glory can never fade.”?

Also the passive voice of "They had someone to help them."
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I feel good vs It feels good

We can say: I feel good when I'm hanging out with my friends. This this the active voice. But why it is also correct to say Hanging out feels good. when the passive voice is used? Why the ...
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I was or got mugged

I heard in a movie this sentences 1) "I got mugged" and then few seconds later other person said 2) "He was mugged" what is the different in such constructions between was/got + verb Can I use it ...
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Active/Passive Present Perfect

Is below sentence passive present perfect tense or present perfect tense and married is adjective. They have been married for 20 years.
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To be or to have been

The parcel appears to have been opened before it was delivered. Could you let me know if it is possible to use 'to be opened' instead of 'to have been opened', and if not, why?
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Using the passive with the names

I would like to say that I have a new matrix and I called it "Function matrix". I would like to express my sentence in a good way. Here is my try: The result of the functions are stored in a new ...
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Passive voice + additional verb phrase

Believe it or not, I'm a professional editor, and as such, I read a lot of ESL papers. Due to all the non-native-type errors, I forgot the rule about passive voice in complex sentences, and now ...
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Can “project is lead by” be ever correct?

Knowing that Lead-led-led, I find this sentence wrong (from a book available on Google books): The project is lead by an alliance of three partners, comprising the GI, the FIZ Karlsruhe (a ...
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Passive voice of “they did not do the work”

What is the passive voice of “they did not do the work”?
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Passive voice in english grammar

What I wanna know here is if I'm able to say this phrase: They have been moving me to other regions, ever since. in this way (I guess it's passive voice): I have been moved to other regions, ...
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Is “get cut” a passive voice?

The wild flowers and herbs get cut before they have a chance to flower and propagate. I think the sentence is in the passive voice. Can we use get instead of are to form a passive form? When we ...
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Turning a sentence into the passive voice

If you turned the sentence: He buys a camera into the passive voice would the sentence then be: Aa camera was bought by him or something different?
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What is wrong with 'is + past participle'?

Grammarly is showing me a warning, Passive voice misused for the sentence : She is taught by John What is wrong with this sentence?
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difficult to do sth / passive voice

I have some doubts about the following issue. Let's say that we have a sentence: It's difficult to perform the calculations. Now, I want to make "the calculations" the subject of this sentence, so ...
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Does the tense change when we convert between active and passive voice?

Here are some examples I know of: Present: The magic is performed on stage by the magician The magician performs the magic on stage. Past: Chester kicked the ball. The ball was kicked by ...
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Passive-voice and present-perfect

I'm learning passive-voice and something is really confusing for me. I learnt that I can't say "Hamlet has been written by Shakespeare" because Shakespeare is dead so there's no link with the present ...
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Passive form of Never tell a lie

What is the passive form of 'Never tell a lie'. a. Let a lie never be told. b. Let not a lie ever be told.
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passive voice in complex sentence

change the voice The goons did not realize that their conversation was being recorded Which option is more appropriate ? And why? a) The goons did not realize that someone was recording their ...
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Passive voice suggestions in grammarly (To be, or not to be)

I have installed Grammarly application recently, and it keeps saying me all the time that I shouldn't use passive voice. In most of the cases, I think using passive voice is better. However, I want to ...
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Passive voice in cases when principal clause is followed by noun clause

Active: People say that he lives abroad now. Passive1: It is said (by people) that he lives abroad now. Passive2: He is said to live abroad now. Active: We understand that he dislikes ...
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signing a contract: “has just signed” vs. “has just been signed”

Which one is better and suitable about meaning: I believe that our manager has just signed a contract I believe that our manager has just been signed a contract Also, is that passive or ...
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Passive voice question

When we say Two men were seen running after robbing the bank" it isn't like any ordinary sentence like "My wallet was stolen" or "The Mona Lisa was painted by Da Vinci". Like "She was made to work ...
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Do you have a pen? Can such sentences be converted into passive form?

Do you have a pen? The verb in the question is "have" which is a possessive verb. Can such questions be asked in passive form?
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Confunsion over active and passive

Look at the lines under the point "Health Concerns". In this line there is a line which reads Health concerns "A health survey was conducted with the local people... it found that diseases ...
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something was done and something done?

The outline was then drawn in green and the centre point plotted in the centre of the circle as a red dot. Is it necessary to add 'was' before 'plotted' to present a passive voice? I sometimes see ...
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“The student are very surprised if I get their names right” is the first sentence passive?

The student are very surprised if I get their names right "The student are very surprised" is this sentence passive or not? Some teacher told me that the agent doesn't important and I can remove it ...
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Is this particular sentence passive voice?

Is the following sentence passive voice? Many of my students will write something similar to the following: "The circuit breaker needs to be replaced in the morning." Does the phrase "to be ...
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“is said to be” vs. “is said to have been” [closed]

Can we use both of variants and are they interchangeable? The house is said to have been built a century ago. The house is said to be built a century ago.
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What is to be done vs What has to be done?

What exactly is the difference between the following two sentences? What is to be done? or What has to be done?
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Passive/Active Voice

Why is the active voice better than passive voice in the following sentence? I really feel that the passive voice fits perfectly well. "The marketplace is filled with intense competition" "Intense ...
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Is “you will hurt” correct?

Is it correct to say 'you will hurt' or 'you will get hurt'? I read this quote on the net: “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what ...
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Is it OK if I use the word 'empathized' in this blank?

Emotions and emotional sensitivity are important to our effectiveness in problem-solving. We would like our actions to be well reasoned and make sense, but each element of a good working relationship ...
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Why did the author choose to use the passive voice “I am parachuted” instead of the active voice “I parachute” in this context?

This paragraph is taken from an English coursebook, from a lesson called "Dangerous Jobs". The entire article is called "Smoke jumper". I am parachuted into areas where there are forest fires. ...
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What is the difference - 'I am asked' vs 'I get asked'?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I get asked that question a lot. I am asked that question a lot.
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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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Passive Voices in sentences

1-I don't want my photo taken. 2-I don't want my photo being taken. 3-I don't like my photo being taken. As far as I know we can use the (sentences-1,2,3) but why can't we use the following ...
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“She has all the things” in the passive

On Quora this question seems to have a lot of wrong answers: What is the passive voice of "She has all the things''? When we put a phrase with a stative verb like "have" into the passive shouldn't ...
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How can I make these sentences active/passive? [closed]

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. I saw him reading a book.(Passive) 2. Dr. ...
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When should we use “Perfect infinitive” instead of “infinitive” in passive voice?

I was doing exercises from great blue textbook when I met the difficult one. Please, explain me the difference between usage infinitive and present infinitive in passive voice. Foe example: Do you ...