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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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“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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“The town is (located) 20km southeast of city X” [closed]

The town is (located) 20 km southeast of city X Is southeast an adjective being modified by of city X (an adverb phrase) and having 20 km (an adverb) modifying it? Or is 20km an adjective modifying ...
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"Were being" use for descibe an event scheduled in near future

I have come across the following sentence in a newspaper On the occasion, the Governor said that in line with the election manifesto promise made by the government for delivery of more efficient ...
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"be embroiled" or "get embroiled". What kind of passives are these?

When I translated some of "get embroiled" sentences I got active form of sentence. It may be a kind of translate mistake. I couldn't understand before going to translate as well. Example ...
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Passive sentences

Is it correct to say the following sentences? Jack's money was stolen in the train. and My car has been stolen. I'm going to call the police. Should I use past simple or present perfect when ...
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She's been banned from tennis for five years

She's been banned from tennis for five years. I think this sentence means she has received a decision which bans her from the tennis game. This ban lasts five years. Suppose it has been three years ...
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it's been burned for two hours

The farmer has been away from home for many days. This morning, his cottage suddenly began to burn. Up to now, it's been burning for two hours. Can I change this boldface sentence to the following ...
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Differences between these two passive voice sentences

What is the differences between two passive voice sentences in terms of meaning? Which one is looking good or can be used? They can always be shown the door again. The door can be shown them again.
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"I am joined by two guests today" or "I am joined with two guests today"?

I am joined by two special guests today. I am joined with two special guests today. I often hear the first one on TV and it makes sense. But, today I have seen the second one "joined with" ...
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How long have the eggs been being boiled?

I guess this conversation might be unusual. But does the wife's question make sense to you? Let's suppose they don't have a timer. Wife: How long have the eggs been boiling? Husband: Six minutes. Wife:...
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Is there any reduced clause in "I'm not the person helped"?

Firstly, I thought it work same way with: I'm not the person who helped. But someone told me "It's wrong, "I'm not the person helped" is passive. What is the difference between the ...
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using 'owe' in passive voice

We can say: He owes an apology to us. We can't say: An apology is owed to us. We can say: We're owed an apology. Can we say: We're owed an apology by him?
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Is the passive voice of "he took a photo of me" "I was taken a photo of by him" or "I had my photo taken of by him"?

We have this active sentence "he took a photo of me" If I follow grammar books, its passive will be "I was taken a photo of by him" (if the choose the object "me" to be ...
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DRIVEN vs. BEING DRIVEN in this sentence ( reduced adverbial clause)

Example sentence: Before the kids were driven to the mall, they had some sandwiches in a convenience store. Now if we reduce the adverbial clause of the sentence, which one will be the correct ...
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Is the past participle a linking verb in these examples of passive constructions?

A man called Jack opened the door. The man was called Jack. In these two examples, 'called' is a past-participle, and the proper noun 'Jack' is a subject complement that renames the noun 'man'. This ...
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What is the difference between had to and had to be?

I might ask in this way: Why passive is used in this sentence? Which one make more sense? Is first sentence passive? Many had to be wrestled into straitjackets. Or Many had to wrestle into ...
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The passive voice with prepositional objects

The question concerns changing of the form and place of the direct object and prepositional objects in a sentence after it was reverted to the passive voice. For example let's consider the following ...
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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Why is the verb "was" skipped sometimes in the passive voice? [closed]

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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