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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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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/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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“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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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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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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“I have been graduated from XYZ University in ABC-MSc” is correct?

graduate verb is intransitive and as far as I know, this sort of verbs couldn't be used as a passive form. Am I right? I have strangely seen it is correct in some website like this: https://answers....
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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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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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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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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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Which is grammatically correct: can be difficult to “define” or “defined”?

I was reading an article written by a Native Speaker when I came across a statement like: The word can be difficult to clearly define and hence count. I do know that this had been paraphrased from ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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concerning of a passive verb

I want to know a correct answer. Examples of sentence is below. 1)My wallet was lost by me. 2)My wallet was lost to me. Which sentence is correct concerning of a passive verb?
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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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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 ...
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passive form of the verb blame

We blame who for starting the fire ? = Who is blamed by us for starting the fire ? = Who is blamed for starting the fire ? (=Who must take the responsibility for starting the fire ?) In my ...
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Omitting to in a passive sentence

Is it acceptable to omit "to" in the sentence. A letter was written his parents by him. Or should I write: A letter was written to his parents by him.
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make active sentence into passive “He doesn't disturb him.”

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.He doesn't disturb him.(Passive)
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can we say “being seen”?

There is a point in the "choose the correct answer" question that goes like " "The old man ....... to cross the crowded street." 1- has seen 2- has been seen 3- sees 4 - is being seen. My teacher ...
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To talk about admission to a university

I want to get admitted into Cambridge University. I want to get myself admitted into Cambridge University. I can't get admitted there. Is the sentence grammatical or acceptable if I don't use ...
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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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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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'Inundated' and 'overwhelmed' use 'with' in passive instead of 'by'

Why we use 'with' in passive voice when we are using overwhelmed or Inundated transitive verbs? Why not 'by' Is this because we are not mentioning active agent. Like ' we are inundated with ...
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passive voice clauses act like an adjective

So, I have a sentence: The paintings stolen from the museum haven't been found yet. The phrase stolen from the museum acts like paintings which were stolen from the museum, so could it be an ...
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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When talking about planned actions vs unplanned actions, What would be the right form…?

"we are focused" vs "We focus". It would be great if these are explained with multiple Examples..! Thanks in Advance.
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“He is sat on a bus”

I have occasionally heard or seen the verb "sit" used in the passive. My initial impression was that it was a typo/error. But I have seen it occur enough to start to doubt that. For instance: Shaun ...
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Talk about vs Talked about

As far as i know, Transitive verb can only become passive Well, Look at this example The mangers talked about the problem. The problem was talked about. As far as i am concerned, when ...
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I wasn’t meant to do something. // I didn’t mean to do something

I wasn’t meant to do something. I didn’t mean to do something. How different they are from each other?
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Active passive problem

(Active voice): He has written a poem which fascinates everyone My problem here is , in active voice the object is the poem then passive voice should be : A poem has been written by him which ...
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Is it a passive tense or a 'Subject + linking verb +predicative' pattern?

This caused the construction of gigantic buildings where too large masses of human beings are crowded together In the attributive clause after 'where' above, is 'crowded' the past participal of the ...
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Passive Voice with continuous verbs

If I want to say: She is hating him I say: She hates him But should the same technique work with passive? She hates him - he is hated by her She is hating him - He is hated by her OR ...
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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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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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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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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 ...