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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 use with BE + PAST PARTICIPLE with BE remaining in its infinitive form

The judge ordered that smoking BE PROHIBITED in restaurants. Could someone explain the use of the passive form in this sentence? Does it have anything to do with an imperative command?
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"to + present simple" VS "to + be + past participle"

How do I know which one is correct between these two kinds: To + Present Simple It's difficult to use. I have nothing to cook. That's too personal to ask. To + be + Past Participle It's ...
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Using ''ever'' in Past Simple Tense

It's a movie subtitle and Morgan Freeman made the sentence that 'The only dog ever struck by lightning was right in here in Egypt''. I think there is a penalty there i dont know why he used like that. ...
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Convert the following sentence into passive voice: "The cat has drunk the milk."

Convert the following sentence into passive voice: "The cat has drunk the milk." I was struck on to which helping verb I should use.We know that 'Milk' is a plural noun,so we can use 'Have ...
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Why can't you say "A doll was made me by my sister"?

I would really appreciate it if someone could help me understand why the following sentence is grammatically incorrect: A doll was made me by my sister. The reason I think this sentence is incorrect ...
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Comparison of tidy up and tidied up [closed]

What is wrong with this sentence? If you keep your room tidy up, it is easier to find things.
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Active voice with "accompany"

See these 2 examples of "accompany" being used with active and passive voices: Active voice: "X accompanies Y" Passive voice: "Y is accompanied by X" I have found ...
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the absence of infinitives after "than"

The question is about the than-sentences which have an infinitive at the end and about why the absence of infinitive can make a sentence incorrect. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) They are not ...
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In passive voice does object become subject in real

How can the object become subject in passive voice? Active: I am writing a letter. Passive: A letter is being written by me. In this example a letter becomes the subject but letter is not doer of ...
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Can I use "being + Past Participle" instead of "have been + PP"?

I've came across some sentences that I think have been reduced from "have been + [past participle]" to "being + [past participle]" but I don't know whether this right or not and I ...
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Is “The horse that was raced past the barn fell” grammatical?

I was reading McCawley’s The Syntactic Phenomena of English when I came across this sentence: The horse that was raced past the barn fell. This doesn't seem to make sense to me. Shouldn't it be this ...
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I would like to know more how present perfect tense and it's derivatives are in passive & active form; thus some concerns are waving over my mind?

Firstly; Present perfect- has recreated In each of these movies, batman has been recreated as the subconscious mind of American society. Is this sentence a proper passive and still present perfect, ...
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Why is this sentence in passive voice and 'lost to'?

Hello I'm Mariam. Today I'm going to tell you a story about Orpheus and Eurydice, Greek lovers who were tragically lost to each other because of a terrible mistake. The story is the well-known ...
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How can we handle the materials ____ ? We should let professionals ____ our children

We are not trained teachers. How can we handle the materials ____ ? We should let professionals ____ our children. My answer was: to have taught / educate True Answer is: to be taught / educate Could ...
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Are "getting p.p" and "have been p.p" same?

I've come across this following sentence: He said he's noticed more consumers getting approved since 2010's third quarter[1]. I wonder if I can rewrite it this way: He said he's noticed more ...
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Which is correct, "has been pleased to invite you" or "is pleased to invite you"?

When writing a formal invitation letter for a meeting of which the recipient is a notable person or one with high status, would: His highness has been pleased to invite you for a meeting... or His ...
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Is “Pandemics are ended” grammatical? [closed]

In this sentence: Pandemics are ended. I got passive misuse error in online grammar checkers, but I don't know why? Anybody can help me why this sentence is incorrect?
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How do I know whether the past participle form is an adjective or a passive verb?

A past participle can either be an adjective or a passive-verb form. For example. He was excited about the movie (Here the world 'excited' is an adjective) An adjective is used to describe a person (...
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Using passive voise

Using passive verb in this sentence: The injured man couldn’t walk and had to ..... The correct ending of the sentence according to the textbook is "be carried" That's the passive ...
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What is the type of verb?

In the following sentence, to be answered belongs to which verb tense? What we mentioned just now is, by the way, a very important question to be answered – it is like an “acid test” for any ...
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The building is reported to have been badly damaged by the fire

The title sentence is from an exercise and it is the question itself. It is reported that the building has been badly damaged by the fire. The building is reported to have been badly damaged by the ...
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Can "in favour of" be used in the context?

Will it make sense if I say, "Shopping will probably change in favour of delivery services". I would like to say that people will be opting for delivery services rather than go to shops. ...
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“being raised” followed by a verb

While reading David Crystal's Sounds Appealing, I came across the following sentence. There was a Pronunciation Unit that dealt with queries (such as how to pronounce the name of a foreign place or ...
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about will tense

Is the following sentence passive or not? You will be ready to go. If yes, why doesn't the ready word in the past participle form? If not, why doesn't the ready word come with -ing? Thanks in advance.
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Change the voice: "He does not like people laughing at him."

"He does not like people laughing at him." Here the subject is "He" and the object is "people laughing at him". Now, I will have to make "people laughing at him"...
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Change into passive voice, "people cut trees without thinking."

As for me i think it must be -"trees are cut by the people without being thought." Or maybe the being thought part is wrong, please tell if it is i am confused.
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Why is the correct answer 'to have been cleaned'?

I'm doing my grammar practice of infinitive verbs. The room is said ( ) last week. A. to clean B. to be cleaned C. to have cleaned D. to have been cleaned √ According to my intuition of English ...
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The new supermarket IS TO BE OPENED by... or WILL BE OPENED by...?

The new supermarket is to be opened by... The new supermarket will be opened by... I'm doing grammar exercises from the book DESTINATION C1 and my answer was the 2nd option because I think it really ...
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Which one is correct? When asked to comment / When he being asked to comment / When asking to comment / When he asked comment

I'm doing my grammar homework, but it really kills me. ( ).He refused to given any explanation. A. When asked to comment on the quality of the goods. B. When he being asked to comment. C. When asking ...
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Is it okay to conjugate the verb 'let' (means 'rent') in this way?

'To let' seems like an irregular and special infinitive-verb phrase, which can express the meaning of a passive verb as an intransitive one. This house is to let.
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Passive voice of - A rolling stone gathers no moss

What is the passive voice of "A rolling stone gathers no moss"? Some people write it as- 'No moss is gathered by a rolling stone'. Is that correct? I think the preposition could be on if it ...
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In the sentence "Wait to be seated" is it in passive voice or is seated and adjective?

I can figure out this sentence is an imperative sentence but is the word "seated" a verb or an adjective? and is it active or passive voice?
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How "change" used in passive voice?

I read somewhere that the verb change isn't used in the passive voice in sentences like Times have changed. That seems logical and natural to me, but what if I need to add information to the ...
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In the sentence "I was made to accept the proposal" is the verb "made" in passive voice? and how would it be in active? [closed]

I cannot figure out if it's a passive structure.
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In the sentence "The table was set for lunch" is "set" a verb or an adjective?

The table was set for lunch I want to see if this is a passive sentence. I think if the word "set" is a verb it is passive, but if “set” is an adjective it would be an active one.
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Is this a case of omitting the Be verb? "their fins cut off""

I was wondering if this is a case of omitting the Be verb because I noticed the "are" was missing in the part "their fins cut off". "Finning is a type of fishing where sharks ...
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What's the active form of "The ball was being kicked by a little boy"?

I believe the active form is "A little boy was kicking the ball" but when i choose that option as my answer for an english test, it was the incorrect option. The test didn't reveal the ...
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Could you please correct me Passive voice error in word blue line [closed]

Responsible for the provision, care and management of permanent collections of information that "are intended" to preserve the past and allow others to discover it.
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Is this use of passive voice appropriate? "I had been lost for quite a while"

I am using the hemingway editor to improve my prose. I was writing an intro and it suggested not to use passive voice. However, I was unable to find a proper active voice for the sentence which also ...
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"how the moon __ constructed", was or is?

A question in a test puzzled me. Because it means we have the chance to obtain information about how the moon __ constructed. The answer to this question is "is". Can "was" be ...
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"Cooking is a process used to make food" is that a passive sentence?

I have been wondering whether or not that is a passive sentence. My teacher said that "the tree called cacao tree" is not a passive sentence. The "a process" in "cooking is a ...
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What will be the passive voice of "Summer follows winter"?

I think it's "Winter is followed by summer" but our teacher taught us "Winter is followed after summer". I don't understand why would "after" be used after "followed&...
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Global supply chains became seized up

This is a sentence from an APNews article. Global supply chains became seized up. I think the part in bold should be 'seized up' because 'seize up' is not a transitive verb. Am I wrong?
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Passive perfect tense.. Do both sentences have the same meaning?

Older versions of Google Chrome have been detected multiple vulnerabilities. Multiple Vulnerabilities have been detected in old version of Chrome. Do both sentences have the same meaning?
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Convert into passive voice

He stopped me from entering into the room by taking the help of his brother. How do I change this sentence into passive? Do we change the phrase "by taking the help of his brother" into ...
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"She is said to be a thief" - is that the correct way to form the passive voice of "People say that she is a thief"?

I'm sorry I couldn't find a proper English title for the topic I'm going to ask you about. I'll give examples: People say that she is a thief. It is said (that) she is a thief. She is said to be a ...
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"It's believed to have served" vs "It's believed to serve"

I've recently spotted the following sentence and it got me thinking: It's believed to have served as... What kind of grammatical structure is this? Why is present perfect being used here? Would it ...
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'Be voted' without 'as'?

It was voted Britain's favorite book ever back in 2003. I heard this usage of 'voted' while I was watching a YouTube clip. I thought 'voted' needs to be followed by 'as', but I couldn't find proper ...
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The sentence "The rodents are believed to have been got(ten) rid of by the end of the month"? is supposed to be correct. Why?

The rodents are believed to have been got(ten) rid of by the end of the month My classmates told me that a teacher of mine claims that this sentence should be correct but I don't understand why as ...
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"..the card that was given to her.." or "...the card given to her.."

So I've been reading a novel and found this: "Tara Burgness does not realize until after she has returned to London that the address on the card given to her by Mr.Barris is not a private ...

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