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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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Back-shifting with “have”, no implications to the present?

The auxiliary verb have indicates the perfect aspect or back-shifting to the past (with modals etc.) I have found my keys. (The perfect aspect: I have my keys now.) They must have found the keys. (...
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Present / past tenses in Passive voice

Situation: somebody invited me to the party. I can say: I am / was invited to the party. What is the difference between these two tenses? I understand it this way: am: invited here is more of an ...
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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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How I can say correctly to my boss that I want to go to vacation?

I want to ask to my boss that I want to go to vacation, because I'm very tired. How I can say it correctly to my boss. It's my version: I'm very tired. I haven't gone to vacation a long time. There ...
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“Your letter was received last Friday” or “Your letter is received last Friday”?

Are the following sentences correct? If not, what's the correct usage? Your letter was received last Friday. Your letter is received last Friday.
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Is this voice change correct?

I have written a text about a motorbike. I would like to rewrite it converting into passive voice. I know how to do it grammatically. But I'm not sure the change I have made sounds right or not. A ...
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Passive voice with must or have to

I have the sentence. Criteria are initialized a default value I would like to improve the sentence. Criteria must are initialized a default value Can I write this?
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Using the passive

Could you help me please to rewrite these sentences in passive? I. The court has decided to award damages of three million pounds for copyright infringement. II. We will really need to discuss the ...
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Way to join two sentences

Even though, the line segments are rectified by the orientation, awkward short edges are still appeared. Therefore, a simplification step is important. What is the rule to join these two ...
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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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“if the orientation … exceeds the defined orientation or non satisfaction”

I am struggling with the following sentence. In contrast, if the orientation and the maximum length of a rectangle exceeds the defined orientation or non satisfaction of the circle constraint, ...
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Combining a sentence with its effect

I have the following sentences: Line segments shorter than to a certain threshold are removed by assuming that have been formed by noisy data. This significantly improved the result. I ...
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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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Passive voice or present continuous?

I have been asked “How’s your English?” I answered: “It is improved slowly,” but I have read that I must say “It is improving slowly.” But I don’t think the second is correct, because you improve ...
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Can I use the passive voice when talking about sending things?

Which sentence sounds/looks better, and why: You will be sent something. or You will get something. I'm not a native speaker. The first option in my opinion looks silly, and I have had a ...
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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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How to solve two passive voices confusion in one sentence

The thing is that I know what kind of problem I face with the sentences you will read below but I don’t know the definition of problem. It is like: I drink a liquid stuff but later I learn that it 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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Change “I had a car” to passive voice

Change the voice from active to passive of the following sentence: I had a car. The active sentence is "I had a car". In passive form is it "a car had had been by me" or some other answer? I found ...
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Difference between “This was happened to me” and “This happened to me”

Which one is correct? If I am talking about the past.. How should I use "was" or "were" if there is an V2 in place: e.g. "They spoke" or "They were spoke" and another thing about adverbs.. How I ...
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“Something to forget” versus “something to be forgotten”

My question is simple: what's the difference between the following phrases? "the past is something to be forgotten" and "the past is something to forget" "XXX is the last thing to mention in this ...
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“Is not being” vs. “has not being”

BBC channel is not being broadcast in our area for a year ago. BBC channel has not being broadcasted in our area for a year ago. Which one is grammatical? Depending upon time span I think number ...
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“will be tried to be” vs. “will tried to be”

Is it grammatically correct to say "will tried to be" in a sentence like: "He will [be?] tried to be contacted 3 times" or "Data will [be?] tried to be retrieved from the database"? If yes, is there ...
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Bound or bounded?

Part of the problem is that the justices are not _5_ by an ethics code. Choice: 5. [A]advanced [B]caught [C]bound [D]founded By the meaning of this sentence, the choice should be C, the ...
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Is “it is that it had just been” grammatically correct?

I can't help feeling that there's something wrong with the following sentence: But can I say that it really belongs to me? Or is it that it had just been temporarily loaned to me?" Is it ...
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What does 'shall' mean?

Lee said, “St. Paul says to the Hebrews that Abel had faith.” (Mr.Hamilton) “There’s no reference to it in Genesis,” Samuel said. “No faith or lack of faith. Only a hint of Cain’s temper.” Lee ...
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Why is there a noun phrase after a passive voice?

There was a time when a girl like Cathy would have been called possessed by the devil. She would have been exorcised to cast out the evil spirit, and if after many trials that did not work, she would ...
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Passive voice and Active voice with respect to “there are”, “they are” “there is” and when there is no action

From my understanding the difference between Passive voice and Active voice is based on action. For example, "Steve loves Amy" - active. "Amy is loved by Steve." - passive. Now what if there is no ...
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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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Does the passive form of verb instead of the active form give the sentence a more formal or professional look? [closed]

The previous question attracted me to ask this question. For example in an academic thesis of a student: Second, by using the [...] and [...], an attempt was made to find an appropriate model. In ...
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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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passive form or active form?

In technical writing, when writing general things that what others have done for e.g. in the introduction section for example, if i want to write; The knowledge based object recognition ...
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How should I rewrite this sentence to use the passive voice?

If I were to rewrite the following sentence using the passive voice, how should I rewrite it? That university has English classes for people whose native language is not English. I thought to the ...
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have/has + been + 3rd verb form

I know this sentence: your message has been sent the subject is no known. I know this sentence: you have been registered. the subject is no known. but what is this: I have been really ...
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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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The way to describe something

I have drafted an idea in different ways. For this type of case, is there any rule of thumb to be followed? For each intersecting pair of polygons, break lines are extracted. Break lines ...
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Active voice and passive voice in Present tense and Present Continues tense

Passive voice in the present tense: I am proved wrong. Here we are using past participle of the verb "prove". Why did we do that, given that the sentence is in the present tense? And how can we ...
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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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“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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Verbs describing a state or situation: passive form

"English Grammar Today" book says that "We don't usually use the passive with some verbs that describe a state or situation." If this is an actual rule, why, for example, have I found a lot of ...
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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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