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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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'Past Participle Verb Form' vs 'Past Participle Adjective'?

This room [is cleaned] every day. The window [is broken]. In the first sentence, we have a 'Past Participle (Verb)'. In the second sentence, we have a 'Past Participle Adjective'. More examples:...
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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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Passive Voice Misuse, Grammarly

I have been checking my writing in Grammarly and correcting my grammar using the Free Plan. But there are some warnings that can only be fixed using the Premium Plan. One thing that is bugging me a ...
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"Which hers was" OR "which was hers"

if i want to convert : She said, "I don't remember which is mine" to reported speech , which one of these is correct ? She couldn't remember which was hers. OR She couldn't remember which ...
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ability and inabilty (Positive and negative)

Context: I am not good at drawing, so which sentence should I use? Don't judge me by my ability to draw or Don't judge me by my inability to draw
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Agent of passives introduced by "as to"

Page 68 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads AS TO: used after certain preceding passive clauses, e.g. I am not much troubled as to its outward appearance—G. Gissing, 1903; I am also ...
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Can "launch" be used in the middle voice?

Usually it is used in the passive voice. The project was launched yesterday. But I remember coming across something like The project launched yesterday. Do you think that 2 is also correct?
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"award" passive voice. Put the word in brackets into the correct passive form

After (award) a medal for bravery, he became a local hero. Help me with this one please, I don't understand it.
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Does passive voice work in 'he is the best man to be chosen'?

I know it is common to say 'he is the best man to choose', but can I turn it into 'he is the best man to be chosen'. If it is appropriate, do they carry the same meaning and sense?
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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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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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No answer is/was given

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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To infinitive VS bare infinitive

He made me laugh(active) I was made to laugh by him(passive voice) In the active voice made is followed by personal object and bare infinitive. But in the passive voice made is followed ...
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I have had my phone stolen

once i came across a phrase I have had my phone stolen and I had had my ears removed I understand the meaning, but what's the grammatical rule regulates it? I have googled passive voice, ...
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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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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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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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Why are there square brackets around "it's" here ([it's])

I am doing my homework about Pasive Voice and I don´t get why there is a square bracket. Surely, it is not so complicated, but I am a beginning student. Please, help me, I would thank you a lot! "The ...
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All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness

All was happened due to his carelessness. All happened due to his carelessness. Which one is correct and why? Is first one in Passive voice? Please define it.
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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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Is it correct to use "was" right after a "had?"

Example: The world had turned into a messy blur, and I was caught in the middle of it. Is this grammatically correct? Or should it be instead The world had turned into a messy blur, and I ...
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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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To be + past participle in English

I have one doubt about the structure “to be + past participle” In some cases I have seen ‘to be + past participle’ replaces ‘is to be + past participle’ Example: this work is to be done ⤏ this ...
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"could" vs "could have been" (past ability)

Anupam Pathak People ask where would AAP get money from to fulfill their promises. Remember that episode on Garbage on Satyamev Jayate where a scientist explained how a work that could have been ...
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Passive construction of a sentence that starts with "no sooner"

We had no sooner started the work than he closed the door. The work had no sooner been started than he closed the door. The work had no sooner been started, when he closed the door. The last two ...
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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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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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"To" or "that" after passive construction?

When I study, I saw sentence like this: Earthquake rupture has been thought to happen by enlargement of a crack. There is a information for this sentence in my book and by the way "has been ...
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Is it okay for prepositional phrases to remain when a sentence changes into a passive form?

Context: I ate pizza today. I put pizza on the table, and I sat on the chair. Then, I ate pizza. I want to change “I ate pizza on the chair” into a passive form. Is “Pizza was eaten on the chair” a ...
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What is the difference between "The saying is taken from a well-known American movie" & "This saying has been taken from a well-known American movie"

What is the difference between simple present passive voice [is+v3] and present perfect passive voice [has been+v3]. When to use them?
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Double passive: "required to be registered", "proposed to be left out", "omitted to be done"

A few double passives are defensible—e.g.: “Offerings in compliance with Regulation D are not required to be registered with the SEC under the Securities Act.” As Ernest Gowers (FMEU2 at 139) noted: ...
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Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained

Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained by police for about ten hours. Brian was released without charge this evening, being detained by police for about ten hours. Being ...
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Well liked: passive vs adjective

You use well to emphasize some -ed participles when they are part of a passive construction, you seem to be well liked at work. https://www.wordreference.com/EnglishUsage/well Well-liked adj (well ...
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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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passive voice plural subject

I have studied passive voice in high school and as I know we should use the verb according to the object, but I come by this example¨ I just wanted to start my question off by assuring you of just ...
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"I am slipped down by a skateboard." Is is correct?

I am slipped down by a skateboard. Or Skateboard slips me down. Are both of these correct? If these are wrong, how to make it correct?
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Active or Passive voice

This book is to read. This book is to be read. Which one is ok? "This book' is not the doer, but the receiver of the action. This is the object of the action if the voice is kept active, thus if ...
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I feel like I am already relaxing/relaxed

There are a husband and wife talking about something. H: Do you reckon it is any good? W: I hope so. H: Oh, it's good. It's perfect. Just as I remember it. W: Really? H: Well done. Actually it is ...
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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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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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Are the following sentences correct?

I didn't know what was going on the second room. I didn't know what has been going on the second room.
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How can I change passive into an active form in the following sentence?

Grammarly is displaying passive voice misuse in this sentence? A mobile-friendly shopping website was developed to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones.
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grammar mistake in "so low that can be ignored"

In my sentence: The impact of the proposed method for 5 jobs is so low that can be ignored. the grammar of the highlighted part sounds odd and unusual. What's wrong?
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present, past, passive and perfect participle usages

Which is correct grammatically? Beaten severely, he died immediately. [past participle] Having been beaten severely, he died immediately. [perfect participle) I would like to put my understanding of ...
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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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"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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Are these Passive clause sentences?

1.Nobody is following what being said.(somebody is saying something and at the same time nobody is following him/her). 2.Nobody is following what being said.(something was said earlier but now nobody ...
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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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Why do we say "challenge accepted" instead of "challenge is accepted"?

I have never heard someone say "challenge is accepted" however it sounds more formal to me than "challenge accepted" I am not a native speaker by the way. let me know what do you think , thanks in ...
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Is it correct to use 'have had + verb (past participle)'?

A reward has been announced for the employees who have worked or have had worked hard. As far as I understand this is an example of present perfect tense. Here, have is an auxiliary verb and it will ...