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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“… can already been seen …” grammatically correct?

In a recent issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, there is a sentence "The shift can already been seen." Is this grammatically correct? Or does it omit something, or actually a typo (can -> ...
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“The updated schedule will be informed soon” Can this sentence be converted to active voice?

The updated schedule will be informed soon I can't figure out the subject, verb & object from this sentence. So I can't convert this to active voice. Does this sentence have any mistakes at all?
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What is passive voice misuse in the following text?

I am writing an essay and this is a part of my introduction: This essay is twofold; first, the undergoing changes are elaborated. How these changes have negatively affected our life is something that ...
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What is the subject in the sentence “Rice is being cooked by Mary”?

I know it's a very basic question, and I've looked up the definition of "subject." This very question was asked within a linguistic course that I am taking, the answer to which is apparently rice (see ...
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Which sentence is correct?'

Which is correct? 'They are showing the tv program at the moment. ' or 'They are being shown the tv program at the moment.'
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Passive voice with have + object + bare infinitive

I was learning C2 level grammar structures when I came across this structure. It is mentioned in passive voice category. The structure is Have + Object + bare infinitive. Now I am confused that ...
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Passive dative voice if it is correct

Can I say "I was bought a car" meaning that a car was bought for me or it is incorrect. And the following sentence "The universe expands" it means that The Universe expands ...
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Can you tell me please the difference between Get passive and Being passive

For example what is correct "My car is getting repaired" or "My car is being repaired" , can't understand the difference , the first and the second sentences seem to be narrating ...
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“to be/is/get used”

Why in this sentences use phrase "to be" instead of is or get? What did the author wants to say? Polymorphism is a feature that allows one interface to be used for a general class of ...
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Order of prepositional phrases after voice change

Q1 - He selles mangoes in the market. My answer is Mangoes are sold by him in the market but my uncle says that I'm wrong , Mangoes are sold in the market by him is the right one. Q2- let them go. ...
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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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“being” in active sentence?

"Being" is usually seen in continuous passive sentences. such as: "A letter is being written." But what does it mean when it's used in an active sentence? For example: "You ...
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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Is being, to be, or will be in this passive construction?

Here are the following sentences that I am having some problems with. The problem is that whether they are grammatical or ungrammatical. The speed limit is being introduced gradually. The speed ...
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How do i get rid of the passive voice misuse error?

What is the correct way to get rid of the error here? The sentence goes like These books are expensive. A book grant must be sanctioned. If I change it to These books are expensive. There must be a ...
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Meaning of “is said”

Why in this news they use this expression, and then present perfect, but not past perfect? "Valentino Talluto is said to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women after his HIV diagnosis in ...
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Passive vs active voice

I came across this sentence in a test: The first computer was built in 1943, but since then the computer technology has developed a great deal. My confusion is can we use has been developed instead ...
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How to use the past perfect construction correctly?

Do the following sentences make sense in terms of tenses? (Or how do I make the tenses right?) When the man was hit by a truck, it took two hours before he was successfully resuscitated. When the ...
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Difference between “I get” and “I am”

Is there any differences between these sentences: I get contacted by clients all the time I am contacted by clients all the time I heard people using both before. For me, I always use 2. If both are ...
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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Passive voice with both transitive and intransitive verb

Somethings confused me. I think i didn't understand something. When I translated 1. and 2. sentences, I saw passive voice(doing by someone). But I translated third sentence I didn't saw passive voice ...
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Passive voice personal construction, when the main clause is in the Present Perfect

When the main clause is in the Present Perfect, while converting it from impersonal to personal structure, it becomes Present Simple. Example: It has been reported that they have found the missing ...
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Correct passive voice version of “Do not disturb me”

This multiple-choice question appeared in an exam: Change the voice active /passive: Do not disturb me. Options: A. Let me not be disturbed. B. Let I not be disturbed. C. Let disturb me not. D. ...
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The usage of the “to + be + v3”

Eg: Your surgeon should also explain the type of anesthesia to be used. In the above example, what is the meaning and tense of the "to be used". Further, please explain to me that there is ...
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I have a problem with this sentence.'Sometimes you will be asked to identify how one paragraph relates to another.'

Please can anyone explain why 'Sometimes you will be asked to..' OR 'In Factual Information questions you are asked what information an author has presented.' ? Why not "Sometimes you will be ask&...
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Is “it is that it had just been” grammatically correct?

I can't help feeling that there's something wrong with the following sentence: But can I say that it really belongs to me? Or is it that it had just been temporarily loaned to me?" Is it ...
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Which choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...
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“Who was” or “Who were”?

Which of the following is correct ? Who were these buildings designed by? Or Who was these buildings designed by? Does were/was refer to "these buildings" or "who"?
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Is it always appropriate to omit the verb to be from a passive voice sentence?

I can replace A solution is needed urgently. Newer version has already been installed. with A solution needed urgently. Newer version already installed. Is this kind of omission always ...
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passive voice sentence begins with wh- word

I am confused about a wh-- question. who would you have me be loyal to? I want to know what kind of sentence is this? A passive voice or a passive wh-- question? what is the purpose of 'have' and '...
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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: A camera was bought by him or something different?
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is being opened vs to be opened

A shop is being opened. A shop is about to be opened. What is the difference between these two sentences? The first one is voice change, the second one is also a voice change? Is there any difference ...
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to + Passive voice

Could I use the passive voice in such a way: "These kinds of subjects are easier to be taught" or "Subjects like drama, art or poetry are extremely difficult to be understood by both ...
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Can we use “with” instead of “by” after passive voice?

Can we use "with" instead of "by" after passive voice? For instance: 1- It can be done by you >>> It can be done with you. 2- I was asked by him to come here >>>&...
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Changing “I was inducted into X” into active voice

I am so confused about how to change passive to active. How do I say: I was inducted into the National Honor Society in active voice?
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“The restaurant's fantastic dinners had been being prepared by Chef Jones for two years.”

Can one say: The restaurant's fantastic dinners had been being prepared by Chef Jones for two years. By my understanding of English, this sentence does not compute. Perhaps 'had been prepared' works,...
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Can we say 'The ecological pressures have reduced. "?

I came upon this sentence in a translation: "The ecological pressures resulting from traditional livestock rearing practices will reduce while continuing to meet people's nutritional needs." However,...
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Where to put past participles?

Can anyone show me how to put a question to the bold part of the following sentence? "There are two days left." I've come up with one question and it is “How many days left are there”. Is it ...
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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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Can I use passive voice with to instead of by?

Can I use to instead of by in this passive sentence? It has been known to him.
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To be or to have been

The parcel appears to have been opened before it was delivered. Could you let me know if it is possible to use 'to be opened' instead of 'to have been opened', and if not, why?
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Passive past perfect vs Passive past tense

What is the difference between Dishwashers were introduced in 1978 and Dishwashers had been introduced in 1978 Thank you in advance.
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Change to passive voice

Please explain how to change this interrogative sentence into passive voice. Is he the musician for the evening? I am not sure how to do it.
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Two sentences from Boston Legal that confuse me

You've had five marriages dissolve Grammatically, should this sentence be "You've had five marriages dissolved?" Just like the structure "I got my hair done" Well, here's a flash for you. We're ...
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Passive of “Do not open the door.”

I looked up the passive voice of "Do not open the door." and got two answers which are: "Let not the door be opened." "Let the door not be opened." However, I find both ...
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“To analyze” or “for analysis”?

Should I say: "Acoustic parameters of these sentences were extracted to analyze. " or "Acoustic parameters of these sentences were extracted for analysis. " Or anything else?
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Past participle usage in below sentences / passives

I hope all the below form of sentences give ‘Passive’ meanings, am I correct? 1) be + verb3 [i.e. past participle] be prepared. 2) being + verb3 being processed (but in continuous form). 3) ...
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How to use “accountable” and “charged” without a human subject?

I'm doing some translation and I'm doubting between three choices in the translation: subject: "these actions" in the event of them being charged to Performance Department in the event of ...
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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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Adverbs of place, agents and adverbs of time in passive voice [closed]

Could you explain to me this grammar point, please? Active voice: "Someone cleans the room every day." Passive voice: a. The room is cleaned by someone every day b. The room is cleaned ...

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