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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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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 ...
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A being cooked pie

I can say: I am throwing a pie which I am cooking. Then I can say: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked by me Then: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked Can I say: I am ...
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“If needed” Vs. “If it's needed”

What's more idiomatic in the following contexts? If needed, or "If it's needed". Here are some examples that I came across: I have an insurance for my country only. But I can buy another ...
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reported to have been… yesterday

Twenty tourists are reported to have been injured in the crash yesterday. "Have been" and "yesterday" in one sentence confuse me. My version would be so: Twenty tourists are reported to be injured ...
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An active construction with a passive meaning used in “there were … ” sentence pattern

I am writting a recommendation letter for one of my employees in support of his application for graduate school in Canada and English is not my native language obviously. There is a sentence: "In ...
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The passive form for “have decided to invite you”

We can say "I have decided to invite you". What will be the passive form? 1) You have been decided to invite 2) You have been decided to be invited? And the second thing: I have thought about ...
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Is it okay to say “make the house clean”?

I leanred the passive in my grammar class. Teacher said the sentence 'George said that he made his house clean before the party.' ...is wrong because 'clean' should be changed into 'cleaned'. I ...
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Questions about Passive Voice in Present Tense

What would be the Active Voice for below sentences? a) He is arrested by police. b) A car is cleaned by him. Also, Why past participle is used while constructing passive in present tense?
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Single verb for multiple subjects vs multiple verbs for multiple subjects

I have different things to do. I would like to express this in a passive voice. I would like to understand the correct way to do this in English. Suppose that a model A is given, fitted to the ...
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Trouble with changing a sentence to active voice

I need help with this exercise about active voice. Says Change each sentence to the active voice. Use the by phrase as the subject For example: Drivers were warned (by the sign) not to exceed 30 mph....
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Use passive in the past

Is it possible to tell: They have begun (to) being checked. ? The meaning: The police started to check people some time ago. But I can not mention "police" in the sentence.
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“When interviewed about…”

Dr Anne McClaren says that the primary motive was an ethical one. When __________ about the Frozen Ark, she jokingly said: ‘I think Noah would have been proud of this project.’ I've already ...
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How should I use the word “written” in sentences below?

I always use the “written“ in passive voice as is the case with sentences: “Wash me“ was written on this car. But I wonder if the way of using ”written” in sentence below is correct: It was ...
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Does “I've temporarily suspended” mean that I did it?

I use "I've temporarily suspended activity on SOru" in my profile description. And I've thought that it means that "I'm not active on site anymore". But one guy said that I'm wrong, and told‫‪‫‪​​​​​​...
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Have you ever been OR Have you ever? [closed]

Which question is right? Have you ever been had a bomb alert? or Have you ever had a bomb alert?
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Yet to be received

We are expecting a letter, so if I write and say "we are yet to be received the letter" is it correct? Please clarify.
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“I was bought potatoes” is it possible to say so?

Is it possible in any way, maybe colloquial style, to say: "I was bought potatoes" with the sense that someone bought me potatoes. Or is it completely incorrect with grammar and thus a blatant ...
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“X won't Y” (able/willing) vs. “X doesn't Y”

In the preschooler series "Peppa Pig" I met the following two sentences: George runs as fast as he can but the kite won't fly. Peppa runs as fast as she can but the kite still won't fly. I ...
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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 [closed]

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.