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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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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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Is this passive sound Ok.

I am learning the passive structures. However, I always built wrong passive structures. I would like to learn how to be good in passive. For example: I would like to say that the model fit is ...
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Statative passive construction In English Grammar

I have come across all below sentence construction. I searched on internet and found that these are examples of Statative Passive sentence construction. All these sentences are without doer / Agent ...
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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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Grammar: active to passive

I fear God. What kind of verb is fear? Can this be changed into Passive Voice? Need help.
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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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It is needed to + infinitive

I've sometimes seen the expression "It is needed to do something". I am not sure whether it is common or at least right, but I usually prefer using "doing something is needed". Also, for transitive ...
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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 ...
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What is the passive voice of “The noise attracted us.”

Voice change of the sentence The noise attracted us. Should it be We were attracted by the noise or We were attracted to the noise.
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“Be offered” vs “get offered”

What is the difference between the two in the title? E.g. be offered a job or get offered a job? Is "get offered" even grammatically correct? And why? I have a feeling that the first one sounds ...
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Active voice Vs Passive voice

Which of the following two sentences is correct? I got used to using the computer after I had admitted to the university. Or, I got used to using the computer after I had been admitted to the ...
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How we can change this sentence into passive : “ I am happy. ” [closed]

I'm happy . The anovel sentence how we can change it into passive
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Present Continuous Passive Voice & Modal Verb

I'd like to explain the following: (1) Only one simulation can be published at the same time. emphasizing the continuous aspect of publishing, like:: (2) Only one simulation can be being ...
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Confusion in “is being”

I know when to use is being. It means the event is currently happening. I have a doubt whether that event already existed and is still happening or it's a new event and is currently happening. ...
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Type of voice/usage

The car impressed me, and handles a dream. Isn't that unusual with these older models. After some miles through the city, it was off to the countryside, where I could really take the car up a gear or ...
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How can I make a question using passive verbs with prepositions?

I wonder how i can make a question using verbs with prepositions especially when they are in passive voice. For example, I have a sentence like below: An appointment is required for the service. And ...
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Passive form of intransitive verbs

Is it possible to make intransitive verbs into a passive form? For example, Most of the representatives said they plan to take the subway train to the convention building rather than ride a cab ...
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My morning's work was finished. passive voice?

The sentences below come from a story. I am wondering about was finished My morning's work was finished and I was free until six o'clock that evening. Is it a passive voice? I don't think so, but ...
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How can I identify tenses in passive forms?

What tense is used in the sentence: "You will be amazed" If it is the future perfect tense then the rules on the internet say in order to form the future perfect tense one must use will + have + ...
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Can a person be “misbehaved”?

I saw a comment to this question that says: There is a running joke in English that when a child is misbehaved, they're "your child", when they're being a good child, they're "our child" or "my ...
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active voice and passive voice

What is the passive voice of "I will convey my decision to you in a week" My decision will be conveyed to you in a week by me You will be conveyed my decision in a week by me.