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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“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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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.
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Passive voice of sing someone to sleep

What is the passive voice of "I like to sing my baby sister to sleep. A. She likes to be sung to sleep. B. She likes to be sung to be slept. According to me it is A but i am not sure as English is ...
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Active passive problem

(Active voice): He has written a poem which fascinates everyone My problem here is , in active voice the object is the poem then passive voice should be : A poem has been written by him which ...
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Where is the verb between “as” and “unless” in this example?

Mother: - On no account should you take my credit card it for shopping! Ann: -Take it easy mum,as credit card holder unless you sign for me,l cannot use your card anyhow.
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Passive voice on a song´s lyrics

On Adele´s song "Someone like you" there´s a part that says "Bound by the surprise of our glory days". Is it an actual Passive voice?
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What does Word mean by “passive voice”?

I have requested an agent to cancel my tickets in email as shown below It helps if I get a confirmation once the request to cancellation of the ticket has been updated. But, my Outlook (this is ...
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Use of “much” in sentence

I know that we use much in questions and negative clauses. If so, is this sentence correct ? I can't see neither negative nor question in this sentence . "Despite the fact that Senegal has had ...
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What is the passive form of “we will let it pass”?

I have this sentence where I want to use the phrase let [something] pass in the passive form: Mentioning this topic casually may get passed(?), but getting deep into it will only lead to conflicts ...
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Is second one passive form of the first one?

I am to deliver the money . The money is to be delivered . Thank in advance
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Is the verb use in this sentence correct?

When finished with digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret what they have found. As far as l know 'V+ing' must be used in this example because we use 'V3' with passive. Am I wrong?
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passive voice misuse by Grammarly

why is Grammarly showing passive voice misuse in the following sentence"All steps that decrease cost is accepted in the standard algorithm." and showing "All steps that decrease cost gets accepted in ...
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Is this sentence with no actor or subject in the passive voice?

I don't see any actor or subject in the following sentence North Carolina Is Ordered to Redraw Its Gerrymandered Congressional Map. Am I correct and is this sentence in the passive voice?
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Is it a passive tense or a 'Subject + linking verb +predicative' pattern?

This caused the construction of gigantic buildings where too large masses of human beings are crowded together In the attributive clause after 'where' above, is 'crowded' the past participal of the ...
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Using “was” or “had been”?

This is the sentence: I went to see it because I was/had been told it was a good film by all my friends. I chose was, but the correct answer is had been. Can someone explain why is it so?
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use of passive present tense

I have a problem with the bold part of this paragraph: Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business ...
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Where is verb before comma in this example?

Having spent far too much during the holiday, we had barely enough money to pay our hotel bill.
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It spells vs it is spelt

Why do we use the active form of verbs rather than using the passive form of it. For example, it spells as “W.O.R.k” it is spelt as “W.O.R.K” And the oranges sell at $2 Lb the ...
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The show has started OR The show has been started

The show has started. It means: Show has started doing something. For example: I have written an essay. It means I am the one who write. How can the show do something by itself? How can this ...
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Passive voice of “Get rid of”

What's the passive voice of "get rid of"? I want to change below sentences into passive voice but seems I can't make it properly..... Or any other alternative words can be used, Thanks! 1) Mary got ...
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I'm stuck changing active sentences into passive ones

I was given these two sentences: Photographers photographed Brad Pitt as he left the restaurant. Our teacher has given us lots of homework this week. Those are both written using the ...
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Where to put time expressions in passive sentences?

I want to know where to put time expressions in passive sentences? Which sentence is correct? The room is cleaned every week by Joe. or The room is cleaned by Joe every week.
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Have something be done

I faced the following sentence in the book "Computer Networks": The moral of the story is that all messages must contain considerable redundancy so that active intruders cannot send random junk and ...
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I want to ask a question about the passive

This is the active sentence: "Miss May taught me to draw the Christmas cards." So how to transform it into the passive one? Help me please. Thank you very much.
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Is it correct to write “is not focus on”?

I've read the sentence: The board of my company is not focus on employees and I am wondering if it is correct. I'd rather write "is not focused on" or "is not focusing on". I do not find any ...
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passive to active reconstruction

The clerks are trained to provide customers with exceptional service. Active:Someone (unknown) trains the clerks to provide customers with exceptional service. to provide customers with exceptional ...
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Passive Infinitive reconstruction

I remember that passive infinitive sentences can be changed into "It is PP that Subject+verb", but does the formula apply to the following sentences? I wonder if all passive infinitive sentences can ...
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“is built” vs “was built”

Is it okay to say : This building is built by company A. I thought this is okay because the sentense delivers truth. But I am not sure since I haven't seen many examples of built with present ...
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Using “Supposed to” in a prediction

I have been arguing with my friends over the usage of 'supposed to' for quite a while now. It is my belief that 'supposed to' is used to describe the obligation of the subject. For example: "I am ...
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Present Tense and Passive Voice = Is + V1

Is there is meaning difference if use Is + V1 & Is + V2? a) This is the room which is share by 5 student. (Referring to the Present tense fact that 5 student are sharing this room) b) This is ...
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Changing active voice to passive [duplicate]

Our teacher was telling us that we cant't change I have a pen to passive voice. But he didn't told us why so if anyone could i will be very grateful to him. Thanks in advance.
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Changing the orders of the words

He has taken a picture. The picture he has taken become popular He has his picture taken. The picture he ...... become popular Fill in the blanks please. I don’t think I can say something ...
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Conversion from active to passive

The agent with by is omitted in passive voice when it is implicit. I was doing an exercise in which I had to change the sentence He kept me waiting into the active voice. According to me the ...
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What's the grammar's rule right down or can it just be a writer's misprint?

The air grew denser and what little light the sliver of moon above provided, diminished as though IT WERE BEING sucked deep into the ground with no escape. What's the grammar's rule right down or can ...
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Why do native speakers dislike/disallow “Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked by Tony”?

Tony likes films with lots of gratuitous violence. Films with lots of gratuitous violence are liked (by Tony). Might I enquire of you why native speakers do disallow/dislike this passivisation?
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Using “discriminated against”

In my sentence, there are some users are discriminated against by some operator. If I want to refer to users' data, I say: reveal those discriminated against users' data Is this correct use of ...
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What is the tense of: is located

Consider the sentence: The shop is located near the bus stand. Is it present tense? Doubt is ---- is a helping verb presentence and located is past tense.
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Passive Voice with continuous verbs

If I want to say: She is hating him I say: She hates him But should the same technique work with passive? She hates him - he is hated by her She is hating him - He is hated by her OR ...
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infinitive clause behind passive voice

Are the following examples, infinitive clause following passive voice, be understood to be in order to? If not, what do they mean? The machine was needed to speed the process. The machine was ...
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How to transform this into passive?

She plays with me. How is this supposed to be passive?
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two subject complements in passive form?

Hi I am English learner. Recently, I have a question. There is a sentence: He was selected chairman. On this passive form, I think the word selected is a subject complement. Therefore, He is ...
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I see it = it is being seen by me

We can say: 1) I am seeing you By 2) I see you Then can we make a passive form out of it? 3) It is being seen by me Or anyway it would be: 4) It is seen by me
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She is arrived by the train tomorrow

Using Present SImple with the movement verbs we can mean the Future: 1) She comes by train tomorrow 2) The steamer sails on Monday 3) He doesn't return towards here the day after tomorrow ...
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He is sent a student for

I read we can say: 1) He is sent for. Okay, then can we say: 2) He is sent a student for? Like, of course, we can say: 3) A student is sent for him. But the idea is to make "he" the main ...