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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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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"I am surprised": passive voice or adjective?

The sentence is: "I am surprised." I wonder why it cannot be considered as the passive form of "Someone surprises me." If it is true that it is in passive form, then why do people say that surprised ...
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why "was" is used in Perfect past tense?

I have query that i have seen many sentences that uses Past Participle after "was". But i am little bit confused with Past continuous and Past perfect Tense. Can anyone tell me the difference?
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(am/are/is) being married

To make things simpler I assume that getting and being in the following sentences have the same meaning. So I will use being as less colloquial. I am being (getting) married. (passive) This sentence ...
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"My friend gave me this book", what is the passive voice?

What is the passive voice of the following sentence? My friend gave me this book. Is it: I was given this book by my friend. or This book was given to me by my friend.
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What is the grammar of "for A to be considered B, …"?

I see some sentences like the below: In order for food to be considered raw, it must not have been heated over 46°C (115°F). For a person to be considered a suspect case of Ebola, they must ...
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"No smoking allowed" or "No smoking is allowed"?

As my opinion, "no smoking is allowed" must be correct , because it's "passive voice" . Then I saw a title on 9gag.com that was "NO penguins allowed". So what grammar point is here?
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"need + verb-ing" vs "need + [to be] + verb-ed"

1 That sofa needs cleaning again. 2 That sofa needs to be cleaned again. Which of the above senteces sounds more natural? And, is "to be" always needed in structures like 2, as, for example,...
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"It is built" or "it was built"

Which is correct: Florence is built on both sides of the Arno River. or Florence was built on both sides of the Arno River. Source: The ILI English Series, Intermediate 1 Workbook, Page 56
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I had something done vs I got something done

I have discovered that when you dont do something yourself but you make someone else to do it, you can say either: I had my hair cut. OR I got my hair cut. I wonder whether those two have exactly ...
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Grammar of "supposed to": part of speech / word class, active or passive?

If I say I'm supposed to go. Is supposed to here an adjective in a passive construction?
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When do you use Get or Be in the passive voice?

When do you use get or be in the passive voice? I have seen both used for passive voice. Sometimes they seem interchangeable and sometimes not. Is there a rule for which one to use? Examples where ...
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"is being" vs "has been" [closed]

What is the difference between following sentence constructions? It has been developed vs. It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held is being: what is the grammar ...
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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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The passive construction with 'It' is ONLY possible with 'permit' - I don't understand this

The exact phrase from the book of Swan (the context is choosing the words permit or allow) - The passive structure with it is only possible with permit Having said that... It is not allowed to ...
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Why do native speaker tend to use passive voice?

I found native people prefer to use passive voice in a sentence. For example: Tonight's moon can be seen from anywhere worldwide. We have reason to believe that progress can be made. Be honest, it's ...
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Does the sentence "I am surprised" have the pattern (S+V+C)?

I am confused about this sentence pattern (S+V+C): I am surprised [ to see you ]. I am surprised [ at how many have never heard of it ]. I am surprised [ by his response ]. I am surprised [ that ...
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"be accorded someone" or "be accorded to someone"?

When the verb accord means "give or grant", should the passive voice be accorded someone or accorded to someone? I came across several sentences in a book: The attention accorded husband-wife ...
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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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Passive voice phrasing of "The bottle contains two liters"

The bottle contains two liters. How do I convert it to "passive voice"? I think it should be: Two liters are/is contained in the bottle. What are your remarks? Is it possible to make it "passive"...
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I'm stuck changing active sentences into passive ones

I was given these two sentences: Photographers photographed Brad Pitt as he left the restaurant. Our teacher has given us lots of homework this week. Those are both written using the ...
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Which requires he "be" injected with gamma globulin

He has rare autoimmune disease which requires he be injected with gamma globulin once every 21 days. Why do we use "be" in the sentence above? What does it mean?
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the difference between present passive voice and present perfect passive voice

What is the difference in term of meaning between these: The order has shipped, that means you will receive it soon and it is shipped. Does it mean the same thing ?
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How to identify if sentence is passive Voice or Indicative sentence?

Examples: "One car was parked outside of the gate." "Your work volume is increased or not" "He was arrested" "She was raped" "After accident he was taken to hospital" "He was informed ...
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he was seen *to break* the window

We have a situation: someone saw the boy break the window. Can I make this passive sentence? The boy was seen to break the window. I use Murphy's Grammar and this structure is never discussed.
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Are the highlighted past participles acting as adjectives or passive voice in these examples?

The park was covered with snow. Mr. Smith is known to everyone in this town. The legislator participates in the delegation and is involved in sweeping reforms. English is spoken in the ...
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Past continuous passive or Past simple passive

I was recently doing passive voice exercises when I came upon this sentence in "English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises", and here is the aforementioned sentence and the content of ...
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differentiating between the usages of "seem"

I am wondering if the explanations correct and whether what is the difference between different "seems". He seems happy. He seems a happy fellow. He seems to be a happy fellow. He seems to ...
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Being taken and being beaten

In the previous question I was told that these sentences are clumsy and their meanings are confusing: Being taken to the hospital, he survived. Being beaten by the snow, he died. Can I convert ...
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"The attack happened" or "The attack was happened"

The attack happened on the Lisburn Road shortly after 23:00 GMT on Friday night, police said. BBC Shouldn't the writer say: "The attack was happened" or "The attack has been happened"? Shouldn't he ...
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Active voice to passive voice. Ditransitive verbs

I was asked to change voice of these sentences: He decided to sell the car. My answer: He decided the car to be sold. Book answer: He decided that the car should be sold. My teacher ...
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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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Use of "go" in passive form

Can we use verb "Go" in passive voice?
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A new school {has been / is} built

I have come across such a gapped sentence in a placement test for pre-intermediate-intermediate students to the course book, Choices by Adrian Tennant (2012): A new school ... in our city. A ...
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Why isn't there 'by' in this passive voice?

But Ahab, my Captain, still moves before me in all his Nantucket grimness and shagginess; and in this episode touching Emperors and Kings, I must not conceal that I have only to do with a poor old ...
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It's broken or it has been broken

What is the difference between it is broken and it has been broken please? Thanks.
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I am being hungry

We are being robbed. Being means right now happening. Can I say "I am being hungry"?
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What are the differences between these usages of causative 'have'?

Hello I would like an explanation on this usage of have as I believe it can be used as a passive, talking about things that have happened to you not just as a causative which means that you caused for ...
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What part of speech is "born"?

I was born in 1980. What part of speech is "born"? verb? past participle? It can be a past participle as in " I was seen ." It can be verb as in " It was pulled by a car ."
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Active construction of 'Our team is so blessed...'?

Would anybody specify the active form of the following passive sentence. Our team is so blessed to have each other Also please let me know the significance of "have" in the above sentence. I ...
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"If needed" Vs. "If it's needed"

What's more idiomatic in the following contexts? If needed, or "If it's needed". Here are some examples that I came across: I have an insurance for my country only. But I can buy another ...
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I know him. He is known to me

I am really dejected about the "Passive sentence" of this "Active sentence" = I know him. One of my friends told me that "He is known to me" is not a passive sentence. He said that it is like this "...
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"The shop opened by" vs "The shop was opened by"

Are these statements correct? and What are the tenses of the following sentences? The shop opened ... while the shop opened by James Booth and taken over by Arthur Simpson in 1909 has long gone. ...
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Passive sentences: placing an adverbial before or after the agent

This homework was done by Vasya at school. Or This homework was done at school by Vasya. Are both sentences grammatical? Is it okay to put the adverbial at school either before or after the ...
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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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Active VS passive voice

I am a learner of English and have been learning it naturally for a few months. I get confused, when I read something which does not make sense to me. Please check below sentences to understand what I ...
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"to be + V-ing / V-ed" Passive or Active?

Please read the following two sentences. 1) "We are concerned over this issue as the list seems to be expanding from drinks to foods" 2) "Samples have been taken to be analyzed" Today, I ...
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'Will transfer' or 'will be transferred'?

I was notified you will transfer to the marketing division. I was notified you will be transferred to the marketing division. My colleague said that no 1 is correct, but I argued because it sounds ...
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What are the differences between "having been done" and "done"?

The passive form of perfect participle "having been done" indicates that the time of the action that it refers to is before that of the verb in the main clause, and also there is passive meaning. So ...
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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. ...