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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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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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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Difference between “what we call” and “what we called”

That's what we called the star jump. That's what we call the star jump. How could I understand these two sentences and tell the difference between them? To my understanding, the second one is general ...
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what does “allow something to be explored” mean?

I am leaning this post The factors which consistently affect accuracy are those which directly or indirectly (as in the handling of continuous attributes) allow a greater number and variety of ...
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What is the difference between “benefited” and “was benefited”?

What is the difference between The company was benefited from xyz and The company benefited from xyz and which is better?
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Can present continuous (passive form) be used with future adverb of time?

Well, I was going through Cambridge Essential Grammar in Use book and in unit 22 I came across this sentence: Football matches are often played at the weekend, but no matches are being played next ...
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“No sooner..than” passive voice construction

I am confused as to what the passive voice of the "No sooner.... than" construction would be. For example: No sooner did he reach the station than the train started In my opinion, the answer ...
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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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Confused over passive-voice - future simple or future continuous?

The book report will be given by Mary to the class. Reconstruct the sentence in the passive form. a) Mary will be giving a book report to the class. b) Mary will give a book report to the class. ...
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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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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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Question related to voice

I have to solve this problem. Let's play a game. And I have to change this question into passive voice.
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Great Expectations [is written vs has been written] by Charles Dickens

I had a grammar quiz at the university today. One of the questions was: "Great Expectations" ____ by Charles Dickens. a) is written b) has been written c) was written Undoubtedly, the ...
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Adverbs of frequency in passive voice present perfect constructions

With adverbs of frequency, we place the adverb before a main verb, after 'to be' and between auxiliary verbs and the main verb. What happens when the sentence is in the present perfect passive voice, ...
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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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Can “to be”, as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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Transforming sentence to passive

I am trying to transform this sentence into passive form: They are thought ... in a deserted cottage. [hide] My guess is: In a desert cottage they are thought to be hidden. Is that correct?
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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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Are both sentences correct? Why? “I have never done any public speaking.” vs “I never have any public speaking done. ”

these are my following questions: whether both sentences are correct and these two sentences can be substituted each other? does the first sentence use a perfect tense and the phrase "any word ...
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“I'm caught by the tail.” (I = a tiger) Does the wordplay work? Is it ambiguous?

"catch/have a tiger by the tail" is an idiom we all know. I'm writing some quotes for a character, who is a tiger. Can the tiger say "I'm caught by the tail"? The sentence somewhat ...
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Is “Who has Hamlet been written by?” a grammatically correct sentence?

I'm practicing active to passive voice transformation and trying to determine the best way to transform the following sentence - "Who has written Hamlet?" My answer is: By whom has Hamlet ...
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“oppose”, active or passive voice?

Followings are the excerpt from an almanac, explaining the state of Vermont, U.S. Should the expression "were so opposed" read "so opposed"? Vermont is particularly known for the independent nature ...
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Is there a passive construction for 'I have a pen.'

I have a pen. How to make its "passive voice"? Actually, I was looking for this sentence on different sites, but I got an answer like A pen is had by me. When I got this answer I was shocked. I ...
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“it's even been linked to” VS “it's linked to”

Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood pressure, and it's even been linked to diabetes and obesity. Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood ...
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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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Position of agent in passive speech

Which sentence is correct? This new house will be bought by him next month. or This new house will be bought next month by him. I'm considering if there is a difference in meaning between these ...
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How to differentiate Simple past and passive voice?

When he saw his wife and her boyfriend chatting, he was infuriated. In above sentence "he was infuriated" is not passive voice. It gives idea / State that he became infuriated when he saw that. ...
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What's meaning “would” in this sentence?

What's the usage and meaning of "would" in this sentence: He (Sherlock Holmes) would undoubtedly have been baffled by the way the crime was committed. In this sentence, why is “have” used ...
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Shouldn't there be an auxiliary in: “found itself taken by assault”?

Why was an auxiliary verb omitted before the past participle "taken"? Maogamalcha, which a little before had boasted of being impregnable, and had laughed to scorn the vain efforts of the ...
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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 voice misuse

I wrote this sentence: Therefore, the copula model has been fitted to the data. However, one online program return me writing issue as "Passive voice misuse". I feel that my sentence is ...
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Active voice, “Do not smoke” to passive voice

The following sentence is in the active voice: "Do not smoke." What is its equivalent in the passive voice? 1- Let the smoke not be done. or 2- Smoking is prohibited.
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Being Vs Been in a sentence

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and are there any grammatical rules for that? (1) Wine is being made in Italy for thousands of years. (2) Wine has been made in Italy for thousands of ...
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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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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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“Object to” phrasal verb or not

He objected to the proposal. The above is a sentence to change into passive voice from a grammar book. The answer was also given. According to the Oxford dictionary, object is given as intransitive in ...
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usage of past participle by itself without companying “to be” or “have” verbs

In the following cloze test Leisure is time spent away from business, work, and household duties. It does not actually include time ..(1).. on necessary activities such as sleeping, and where ...
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When should one use Present Perfect Continuous Passive?

For example, if the law has begun to be regarded as the main document for resolving such issues somewhen in the past, and is still regarded suchwise, should one use Present Perfect Continuous Passive ...
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What should i make for Passive Past [closed]

Sir, i've been wondering, what should i write for passive and in past tense, for sentence : I stay for the sermon. I stay for the sermon (active present) I stayed for the sermon (active past) For the ...
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“He was introduced (to) essay structure.”

I introduced essay structure to him Which passive sentence is correct and why? He was introduced to essay structure. He was introduced essay structure.
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Formation of passive participle clause

Here is a sentence which I think an example of passive participle clause: After being arrested, he was taken to the police station. I think the above sentence with 'being+p.p' is an example ...
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Please guide me the ambiguity about passive voice

I have an ambiguity that a given sentence is using the passive voice or not. The sentence is: I was annoyed because they were late. Can you please advise me about my doubt?
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Is “described on the face” or “is described on the face” correct in this sentence?

The passions described on the face of the statue survive the hands that made it. Is this sentence correct or we have to say "is described"? If it is correct, why did we not put "is described" to make ...
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Adding the reporting subject in passive voice with reported verb

Take a look at this example : Henry said a subject did something Now if I use the passive voice to report this, it can go like : The subject was said to do something But I want to add that ...
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Is it right to use PAST SIMPLE instead of PRESENT PERFECT here?

I know that using the present perfect in the main clause after since-clause is widely used as in Example 1. But is it right to use the past simple as in Example 2? Since 1922, Mount Everest has been ...
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence?

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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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 this passive verb construction & condition wrong?

Sentence itself: [Enemy] uses that spell when was attacked by any Ice spell. I am wondering, is that construction sounds "good" in English, or native speaker would rather use different tense/aspect ...
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Yesterday was the lawn mowed

I've just learnt about inversion and I'm not sure if it can be used in sentences which are in present simple or past simple. Can the two following sentences I made be inverted? Original sentence: ...

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