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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- voice with the continuous aspect

The apple is eaten now The apple is being eaten now The apple is eaten everyday The apple is being eaten everyday The apple is being eaten every year 1 means that the apple is gone now. 2 meana ...
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The passive voice of a sentence with different tenses

I have come across a sentence in a passive voice exercise. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the answer key as it was published separately. To make it much challenging to change into the passive, the ...
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Infecting or infected with

I have read the following sentence written by a native speaker: The virus people are infected with belongs to the genotype.... Is this correct? Or should it read "the virus infecting people ...
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How to use tenses correctly? Because I am having trouble understanding it with passive and active voice

I want to ask y'all about my problem that when we say "he had been good" we use past perfect continuous tense but we pretend that we are using past perfect tense and, if we say "she had ...
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Distancing/hedging expressions

I came across this question in an exam. I believe the option understood is the correct answer because I think after that we need a cluse and a clause cannot begin with to. Am I missing something? The ...
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The ring was put on in/at the wedding. - which is acceptable?

We use "in" when the subject is actively taking part in an event. For example, "The bride put on the ring in the wedding." And when the subject is just a viewer or audience, we ...
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What's the correct passive form? change into passive

I ran across the following sentence and I want to change it into passive: By next month, we expect to have bought a new house. By next month, a new house................ (complete)
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Who will the house be cleaned (by) from now on?

Should I say Who will the house be cleaned from now on? OR Who will the house be cleaned by from now on? The first sentence is written on my English book. Is the second sentence wrong? I know the ...
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use VS be used, sell VS be sold - passive voice? [duplicate]

1.a Most of the machines aren't ready to use yet. 1.b Most of the machines aren't ready to be used yet. Based on my research I believe both are grammatically correct, but I still have trouble ...
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Half my money is invested in property

Half my money is invested in property. Can sentence 1 have two meanings, (a) or (b) below, depending on context? a) the money is currently invested in property. Here, "invested" acts as an ...
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Get or Have Something Done with Past Participle Verb (Participle Adjective or Passive Voice)

I am a bit confused. Here are my examples: I get my home cleaned every other week. I'm having my office painted. They had their toilet fixed. Am I correct to think that my past participle verbs are ...
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The river....with aluminum and other things [closed]

The river....with aluminum and other things. A) have been polluted B)has polluted C)may be polluted D)polluted
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Isn't there a preposition ("to") missing after "IP addresses that devices are allocated"?

I was looking through the bregman-arie/devops-exercises repository on GitHub when I saw this question: What is APIPA? ...with this answer: APIPA is a set of IP addresses that devices are allocated ...
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What is the difference between "He got himself injured" and "He got injured"?

wordreference.com: (1) He got himself injured. (1) doesn't have a word-for-word translation into my home language. Could you tell me please what exactly (1) means? To better understand (1), I want to ...
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Can "He is an honest man" be passivized?

My friend says that the sentence He is an honest man can be passivized. My English friends and I are saying that the sentence can’t be passivized since the verb is intransitive and there is no object ...
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Passive Voice and Relative Clause sentences

1.the object to validate 2.the object to be validated 3.the object which will be validated what are the differences between them? I thought all the sentences meant the same thing. What subject do I ...
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"... joy of giving presents" VS "....joy of the giving of presents"

"For others, it will be the joy of fellowship and the giving of presents." King's christmas speech (see:1:17-1:22) The expression "... the giving of the presents" caught my ...
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The hill was covered by/with snow. [dynamic or stative]

(1) The hill was covered by snow. (2) The hill was covered with snow. Question: Is the following explanation correct? Sentence (1) is a dynamic passive sentence. Sentence (2) is a stative passive ...
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What is the difference between stealing and robbing?

I saw someone insisting "loot can be robbed" and he said there are lots of instances as below. She'll work in the New York Public Library, despite the fact that she once had her purse ...
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Is the sentence “I live in a village which is located in the south “ active or passive?

I need to know in order to know how to rewrite the sentence using reduced relative clauses
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What is the voice in the sentence? [duplicate]

You are not supposed to do this. Is it active or passive voice?
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Which statement is more correct, "is getting updated" or "is being updated"?

The parameters is getting updated when you change the project rate. The parameters is being updated when you change the project rate. Is there a difference between these two statements? Which ...
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Use of one in a passive sentence

I do not understand the next sentence: The term "studio apartment" is one used frequently by British estate agents to describe a small unit of accomodation. First: Can someone explain to me ...
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Differences between clauses: "It is (expected/intended) to employ 500 people in the factory."

What are the differences between: It is expected to employ 500 people in the factory. It is intended to employ 500 people in the factory. I think the first one means the factory hopes to employ 500 ...
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What verbs can be used in the passive voice with 'it' and an infinitive? For example: 'It was agreed to meet at twelve'

Practical English Usage says: A few verbs that are followed by infinitives (for example decide, agree) can also be used in passive structures beginning with it. They decided to meet at twelve. -> ...
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The vaccine has shown VS The vaccine has been shown

I'm writing a report with the sentence: The vaccine has been shown to reduce diarrhea in an in vivo model. Colleagues use a sentence starting with The vaccine has shown to reduce... In my opinion, ...
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Is "Please be submitted" grammatical?

Is it grammatically correct to write Please be submitted the monthly financial report. Instead of writing the following? I would like to make a monthly financial report.
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How does passive infinitive work? E.g. 'She likes to be looked at'

It's hard to me to understand sentences like "She likes to be looked at". I know it means "She likes it when somebody looks at her" but the second sentence is natural to me and I ...
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Are causative verbs transitive or intrasitive? [closed]

Question 1: I have had my hair cut. Here is 'my hair' an object or a complement? Question 2: Are causatives transitive or intrasitive verb? Question 3: what is passive causative?
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Invoices started processing [closed]

Is it correct to say "could you check if the invoices started processing"? If not, what is the correct way to say this?
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Past progressive vs Simple past

Parents of young children say kids are being left behind as updated Covid-19 vaccines roll out. https://edition.cnn.com/2023/10/03/health/pediatric-covid-vaccines-rollout/index.html Why use the ...
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Passive voice: see somebody ___ (send) back into society

Which one should I fill in the blank [being sent/ to be sent/ sent]: Without access to books in prison, my world view would still be shaped by violence. It’s not who I want to see ( ) back into ...
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Questions about passive voice

They had made a good use of the house. -> (a) A good use had been made of the house. -> (a)' The house had been made a good use of. The original sentence is understandable(also in Korean too), ...
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'destroyed' or 'to be destroyed' [duplicate]

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I want the balls destroyed. I want the balls to be destroyed. If not which one is preferred?
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“China is reckoned to not be prevented by…” Is this wording weird?

I am in doubt with regards to the sentence below China is reckoned to not be prevented by the U.S. from attacking Taiwan How weird do native English speakers find this sentence? Are they able to ...
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Is it correct and natural to say/write: "He was struck by a satellite."?

I'm in the middle of watching the TV series "Northern Exposure." In one of the episodes, one person died because of an accident. Can I say/write: "He was struck by a satellite." Is ...
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Passive voice / gerund object

I go swimming once a week. I am really confused whether to consider the ing form follows the verb go is gerund or what, because there are different views. Many pages and books tell = gerund. Oxford ...
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"A doctor helped catch her."--- Why is the verb "to catch" not in passive form, although the "doer of the catching" is not stated?

"A doctor who helped catch her and bring her to justice has told ITV news."ITV news (see: 00:00-00:05) When I heard this part of the sentence "...a doctor who helped catch her...." ...
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In whose favour almost all suffrages concurred

Every woman had her admirers and her censurers; and the expectations which one raised were by another quickly depressed; yet there was one in whose favour almost all suffrages concurred. I do ...
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I gave her books/Her books were given by me

One of the English professors working in an Engineering college announced 20 years that he invented the "Rare third passive usage" and all the English News papers in India published the news ...
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I want to know about English grammar's passive and active voices?

Organization was formed to achieve specific goals. Is it passive voice or active voice? If it's passive voice then what is it expressed in an active voice?
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"A very long letter was written to him " & "He was written a very long letter"

Is there a difference between these two sentences? A very long letter was written to him He was written a very long letter Thanks a lot!
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Why is the passive "are described" not grammatically correct in this sentence?

A student wants to use "are described" (because it's passive) in the blank space although the correct answer is "described". How can I explain the grammar of why it is incorrect? ...
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What does the verb 'designate' mean?

In this following context, how should I understand the verb 'designate'? Should I understand it as a passive form: “kamma-formations” (sankhårå), is designated as such merely rebirth-producing ...
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"having been done” and “done”

No one can walk the wire without a bit of fear unless trained very young. No one can walk the wire without a bit of fear unless having been trained very young. Both "having been done" and &...
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Does "People should be concerned about…" contain the passive voice?

In a recent ESL test, the question was whether the following sentence contained the passive voice: People should be concerned about how to find alternatives to fossil fuels. The answer book says yes, ...
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What are the grammatical rules related to "be born" in this passive voice sentence?

How can I understand the use of "be born" in the sentence "But I've witnessed enough people be born with the deck stacked badly against them and go on to incredible success to know it's ...
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Is "I am given" wrong in this sentence?

I am given by Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Is "I am given" wrong in this sentence? Could you please also explain why it is wrong? What is the difference between that ...
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Past perfect tense or passive

The Rescue Service said it WAS CALLED to support the coastguard to look for missing people. The Rescue Service said it HAD BEEN CALLED to support the coastguard to look for missing people. Which is ...
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"To be" VS "to have been" ( the impersonal passive)

Is there any difference between (1) and (2)? (1) Almodovar's film was considered to be the most innovative. (2) Almodovar's film was considered to have been the most innovative. (1): means that the ...
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