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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Is “I was had” standard English?

I've recently watched West Side Story and heard some weird expressions, one of which is "I was had": Dear kindly Judge, your Honor, My parents treat me rough. With all their marijuana, They ...
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According to Grammarly, this sentence is incorrect. But is it really?

I was given two movie tickets by my mother I was using Grammarly and it says "by" should be replaced by "from". Please find a link to the Grammarly checker here.
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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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Why in shops do they put “B sold here” instead of “B sells here”?

I know “B sold here” is the right form. But I don't know why it's the right form instead of “B sells here”?
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Does “I've temporarily suspended” mean that I did it?

I use "I've temporarily suspended activity on SOru" in my profile description. And I've thought that it means that "I'm not active on site anymore". But one guy said that I'm wrong, and told‫‪‫‪​​​​​​...
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Which tense is being used in 'it is moved from location A to B'?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? It is moved from location A to B. If yes, then which tense is being used here? I'm not sure if a past tense can be followed by is.
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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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Convert 'is based' to active voice

Hi I strive to avoid passive voice to make my writing more vivid, there is a sentence where I have to write He is based in Australia Other than saying He bases in Australia Is there any other ...
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How do I use “is being”?

Say you have a sentence: The food is being processed in a factory. The food is processed in a factory. Both of them sounds right to me. Which one is grammatically correct? When would you use ...
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Why don't English speakers like sentence in the passive form?

In my native language (Indonesian), the passive form is used as frequently as the active form, if not more often. So I read passive sentence in English without problem. I also see it more convenient ...
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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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“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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Present perfect--just how much relevance?

When it comes to using present perfect, just how much relevance to the present do I need to take into account? A: "You should be happy that she has at least given you a C." B: "You are ...
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“electricity was suddenly turned off” or “electricity suddenly turned off”

Randall has been writing his paper when the electricity suddenly turned off The difference between "was turned off" and "turned off" Can I use present perfect progressive has been if "the electricity ...
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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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Use of “go” in passive form

Can we use verb "Go" in passive voice?
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'did start' v. 'did get started'

What's the right way of asking the following question: How did World War II start? How did World War II get started? Do both convey the same meaning, or is the use of 'get' superfluous?
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“originated” or “was originated”

The first calendar was originated in Egypt. The first calendar originated in Egypt. Which voice is suitable for the word "originate", active or passive voice?
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Passive voice (consider revising). Why?

I am writing an article on Microsoft Word and it underlines all my passive voice sentences such as this one: Our current electric grid was conceived more than one hundred years ago where energy ...
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Does “need protecting” have exactly the same meaning as “need to be protected”?

For instance,when I say “the bear cubs need to be protected”,can I also say “need protecting” instead of "need to be protected"?
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What would be the passive voice of this line?

"Little strokes fell great oaks." I think, it's passive voice is "Great oaks was fallen by little strokes." Am I right ?
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'She was shot by police yesterday' or 'She was shot yesterday by police'

I am writing a test about passive constructions and I have the following questions: Where do I have to put the by-agent. For example: Sarah wrote the email yesterday. A: The email was written by ...
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Why is the active voice used in “it reads better”?

I stumbled upon a phrase in a book (about JavaScript): The . notation is preferred because it is more compact and it reads better. The . notation cannot read, as far as I understand. It can be ...
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Why is 'I saw her cry' correct, but 'I saw her cried' isn't?

Why is I saw her cry. correct but I saw her cried. is not?
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“is said to” causes ambiguity

P1: She is said to work 16 hours a day. P2: It is said that she works 16 hours a day. The Murphy's grammar says that passive P1 is equivalent to passive P2. But let's transform these passive ...
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How can I use the verb run in passive voice?

I have a sentence that goes: "Measurements are run for 2 hours". Is it correct? Perhaps, I should use the verb "process" instead of "run"?
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Passive form of “John is painting his room"

What is the passive form of the statement "John is painting his room."? I do guess the correct form is "His room is being painted by John". But I am unsatisfied with that as it sounds a little absurd. ...
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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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two kinds of passive voice

You have been sent this message because you signed up to receive a weekly newsletter. This message has been sent to you because you signed up to receive a weekly newsletter. I assume that the above ...
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Is the subject omitted here?

Then my life fell apart. I divorced, my mother died too young, my son went to jail, I quit my fancy career and, for the first time ever, had enough time and space forced on me to pay attention. I ...
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“This day will be forgotten just like the rest of the ones do” - Are alternatives to 'do' correct?

Sometimes I have difficulty with sentences which can seemingly end in more than one way but retain the same meaning. Namely, I can think of several variations to use and they all sound natural and ...
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Is it correct to write “is not focus on”?

I've read the sentence: The board of my company is not focus on employees and I am wondering if it is correct. I'd rather write "is not focused on" or "is not focusing on". I do not find any ...
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Passive voice of “they did not do the work”

What is the passive voice of “they did not do the work”?
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Complete the line - passive voice

I have a homework, I have to complete the text and there is a sentence She still ________ to be a Russian hero. I have to add the word CONSIDER in correct form. I thought it's She is still ...
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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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What does “ will be made or broken” mean in this context?

I'm trying to translate a new smart phone review. But I don't know what does "will be made or broken by its pricing" mean in the following context? The Samsung Galaxy J1 is a decent entry-level ...
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Subject + Verb + being… vs Subject + Verb + having been (past tense)

Would you possibly explain the following in details? In addition, what are their tenses? A) She liked being looked at. B) She liked having been looked at. I mean, in general, what can these ...
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how can I change the imperative sentence into passive form?

I have to turn this imperative sentence into passive form- Be punctual or they will eliminate you. I think the right one is- You are suggested to be punctual or you will be eliminated by them. ...
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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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“the joy of not being sold anything”

the joy of not being sold anything This message was written on an advertising panel. Though I guess I get the meaning, the grammatical structure is not fully clear to me. Is this using present ...
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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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passive voice construction: “That evils had power was believed…”

I found a sentence from a test: That evils had power was believed in the olden days. Why did the writer use the passive voice in this example? What difference would it have made if the sentence ...
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What is the difference between these two sentences (“I was told” vs “I had been told”)?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I went to see it because I had been told it was a good film by all my friends. and I went to see it because I was told it was a good film by ...
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“Man dies after hit by truck” - or “Man dies after BEING hit by truck” - the difference?

What is the use of being in below sentence? Man dies after being hit by truck. Man dies after hit by truck.
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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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What are the names of the verb tenses used in these two sentences?

My answer to this question prompted me to consider what are the appropriate descriptions for the verb tenses used in the sentences given below. Unfortunately, my google-fu wasn't sufficent to the task ...
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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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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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Ever since I was a child 'I have been confronted' vs. 'I am confronted' - which is better: Present Perfect or Present Simple?

What is the meaning of this sentence? Ever since I was a child, I have been confronted with questions about my 'real' parents and my 'real' country. and what if I say Ever since I was a child, I ...

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