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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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Why is the verb "was" skipped sometimes in the passive voice?

The man offered to help the flight attendants. Why is "was" being skipped here? Isn't it: The man was offered ?
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How to use "Having + V3" and "Having been + V3" at the beginning of sentences

I am struggling to learn how to use "Having" in many cases. Through my reading on many sites, I understand that below are grammatically correct (if not kindly let me know): Having seen my ...
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Repeating the subject rather than using perfect infinitive in passive sentences

Is it allowed to rewrite [repeating the subject] this passive sentence: She is reported to have died in a plane crash. into this: She is reported that she has died in a plane crash. I'm in doubt ...
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Is there a passive form of 'I like eating rice'?

I'm wondering whether the sentence I like eating rice has a passive form. I'm quoting from Advanced Grammar In Use: Verbs which in the active are followed by an object consisting of a noun phrase and ...
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An ambiguity in the passive voice between two different forms

As far I know, the passive voice of the sentence below He was shown her. may have both meanings: He was shown to her. She was shown to him. Is it really true?
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'I am having something done' means 'I am arranging somebody else to do sth' or 'somebody else is doing something for you'?

I'm learning the structure 'have + obj + past participle' from a grammar book. The book gives a example here: We are having the house painted at the moment. I know the structure means 'arrange ...
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" I got selected" =I am or I was selected (specially in british english)

"I got selected for a job today." Apart from "have been", could I replace "got" with "Was" or "Am"? "I was or I am selected"? I reckon if I ...
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How could I turn a direct sentence with future progressive (will be) into passive voice? [closed]

I will be cleaning the house for you. She will be helping me. How could I turn them into passive voice? I've been thinking this for a while now but I just can't get to an answer that makes sense.
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Academic writing Simple Past/Simple Present in passive form

As per online guides, actions or events completed are to be written in simple past in academic papers. In that case, specific calculations and observations are to be in the past tense as well. For ...
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Spent vs Spending

What is the difference between, The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spent by a particular school in 1981, 1991 and 2001. The three pie charts below show the changes in annual ...
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What does "He got his equipment tangled" mean?

The point I don't understand is that who is do that? He or someone else? What is the type of sentence? Passive, causative? When I translate this I see sentence as "He tangled his equipment". ...
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Usage of past progressive "were being used" vs past perfect "had been used"?

In my English book, there's a text that talks about how rainforest plants being used as remedies. More specifically, it talks about how they become more and more common in modern medicine, while the ...
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ability and inabilty (Positive and negative)

Context: I am not good at drawing, so which sentence should I use? Don't judge me by my ability to draw or Don't judge me by my inability to draw
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Passive present simple instead of passive present perfect

(1) It is reported that he was present at the crime scene. (2) It has been reported that he was present at the crime scene. I am sure that the second sentence is correct. Is the first one ...
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How do you actually use the word OBSESS

This is obsess definition from Longman dictionary: ob‧sess verb 1 [transitive] if something or someone obsesses you, you think or worry about them all the time and you cannot think about anything ...
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Is the verb create being used in passive voice? [closed]

From the page "How to Use Javascript Arrow Functions:" What are the arrow functions It is a sort of an abbreviated way to write compact functions. One of the main differences between arrow ...
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What is the difference between "doing something" vs "having something done to you"?

I know this sounds like an impressively easy answer but here's the problem. I am in a pickle due to grammar and I can't for the life of me find my answer anywhere online. I have had a friend make the ...
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Difference between was and had been

I would like to know how are the two sentences different in meaning: She was never bothered about the grandmother. She had never been bothered about the grandmother. What difference passive forms of ...
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"To" or "that" after passive construction?

When I study, I saw sentence like this: Earthquake rupture has been thought to happen by enlargement of a crack. There is a information for this sentence in my book and by the way "has been ...
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Why is 'The toilets are cleaned every day by a cleaner' incorrect? [closed]

I don't know why my book claims the sentence: The toilets are cleaned every day by a cleaner. is incorrect. I took this sentence from my exercise book. The instruction is indentifying whether the ...
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'Was inked' or 'had been inked'?

In a piece of fiction that I am writing, I used this sentence: The piece of parchment was inked with the emblem. This line is intended to convey that the parchment has an inked emblem on it. However,...
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Can I use passive voice without agents?

Context: There is an N-magnet and an S-magnet. Nobody and nothing connected the magnets, there was no agent (even there was no wind intervention), but they just connected naturally. In this case, can ...
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What's the difference between Passive Causative and just Passive Voice?

In a clause with passive voice, the grammatical subject expresses the theme or patient of the main verb – that is, the person or thing that undergoes the action or has its state changed. -My homework ...
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Is it okay for prepositional phrases to remain when a sentence changes into a passive form?

Context: I ate pizza today. I put pizza on the table, and I sat on the chair. Then, I ate pizza. I want to change “I ate pizza on the chair” into a passive form. Is “Pizza was eaten on the chair” a ...
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About passive rules

There is a sentence that I can't understand: "There are around 7000 languages spoken in the world." Shouldn't we say??? : "are spoken" Where is the auxiliary verb?
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Is it a correct to use passive voice in the following sentence?

Grammarly.com keeps warning me about passive voice. For example, in the following sentence it tells that I misused passive voice. The long-standing problem of anti-social behaviour of some youngsters ...
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I think it should be passive voice, but it is not!

This is an extract from a wikipedia page: It is claimed that children may be sent to boarding schools to give more opportunities than their families can provide. I think the sentence is wrong and ...
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Is “The Tigris is the river we are investigating” grammatical?

I saw the following sentence in formal writing: The Tigris is the river we are investigating. (Please don't change the sentence to "We are investigating the Tigris river" or etc..) ...
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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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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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