The passive voice is a grammatical construction (a "voice") in which the subject of a sentence or clause denotes the recipient of the action (the patient) rather than the performer (the agent).

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Phrasal verbs in the passive voice

I was trying to think of some test for whether a verb/preposition combination is a phrasal verb or not, and I though of one, then immediately realised it was useless. If you turn the combination into ...
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Identifying the subject in passive voice

What is the subject in: "In the City's Square mile are squeezed 400,000 workers" Would love to get detalied explanation. Many Thanks!
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Comma when using passive voice

Should I put commas in sentences like this? The price of software is defined(,) based on... the amount is calculated(,) based on... computers(,) developed by... approvals for advertising and ...
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How many forms can “I avoid telling him” be in passive voice? [migrated]

i need to find out how many forms can "I avoid telling him" be in passive voice, and is it correct to say, "Telling him is avoided" in terms of signifying the process of (telling) informing him?
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Can someone be “chosen voluntarily”? Does it make sense to you?

"The students were chosen voluntarily for the study". I saw this phrase in an article and it made me wonder. The author clearly means that the students voluntarily participated in the study, but has ...
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Active followed by passive voice

Smith is lying there watched patiently by Jones. Am I right that this is two clauses, and that the second is a dependent clause in the passive voice? Should there be a comma between them, and if ...
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Impersonal / personal passive

Just need some clarification on this sentence.. We know that customs officials confiscated ten foreign passports last week. Ten foreign passports are known to have been confiscated last week ...
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Have vs Have been

If Jim had taken Sandra to a romantic film, she wouldn't have been so frightened. If I hadn't missed the train, I wouldn't have been late. If she had known the address, she would have been able to ...
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“got engaged” vs. “became engaged”

On the one hand, During the course of the summer, Esther got engaged. sounds weak and informal. On the other hand, During the course of the summer, Esther became engaged. sounds weird, ...
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“substitute” in active/passive voice

How come the following sentences have the same meaning when they have different voices? I can be substituted for John. (Passive) I can substitute for John. (Active) They both mean "I can replace ...
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“done” as an adjective

Why does the following sentence seem odd? The project is done and decent. Can't done as an adjective be used in harmony with other adjectives in a sentence because it can suggest a passive voice?
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Active passive: little strokes fell great oaks [closed]

Answer: According to wren and martin: great oaks are felled by little strokes Why answer cannot be : great oaks are fall by little strokes
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It is conducted since 1996 as a republican festival biennially in one of the villages

Can we say (especially in AmE) "is conducted", not "has been conducted"? Thank you!
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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct? [duplicate]

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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Can I use 'do' ('did') for emphasize main verb in phrase in passive voice?

So, can I use something like this: This issue did be fixed. instead of this: This issue was fixed. ?
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Verb confusion whether to use active or passive [closed]

Which of the following is correct? computer games designed to involve many players or computer games were designed to involve many players I assume the latter one is correct. Can anyone explain ...
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The phrase “be opposed to something” has the same meaning of “oppose something”. How can it be possible?

The phrase oppose something means "to disagree with something and try to prevent it from happening", which makes me think X is opposed means X is what someone disagrees with and tries to prevent from ...
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The fire finally got/was got under control [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? The fire finally got under control. The fire finally was got under control.
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Passive voice with the verb in front

Is it possible to write a sentence in English with the verb before the passive subject? If so, please provide examples.
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Can you “do” Science? [closed]

My kid told me recently, she "likes to do science" at school. Though happy about her interests developing into the right direction, I was irked by the phrase itself. I don't think, science can be ...
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Changing active into passive [closed]

What is the passive voice of the following sentence: Has anybody done all the work? Could you please explain in detail how this is done?
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Past perfect progressive/continuous tense in the passive voice [duplicate]

Here's the hypothetical situation ... Our CEO (Joe) was coming to visit our office from out of town, and he wanted to see a report that we had been preparing for him. At the time of his visit, ...
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Passive and past tense

I have to write an abstract which present my research and results. Do you think the following sentences are right in terms of tense and using of passive together? 1."It has been observed that the ...
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What is right way to say in passive voice? [closed]

I have two variants: I want my money to be refunded back to my credit card. and I want my money are being refunded back to my credit card. What is right variant?
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How to analyse the nominal group “the man employed by your company”?

Does it involve the embedded clause "the man [who is employed by your company]" shortened through ellipsis? And if so, is there are rule for dropping the the verb "to be" when using the passive voice? ...
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Can a single sentence have both active and passive voices?

Can a single sentence have both active and passive voices ? Keep everything under 2 pages for now to help readability for me Am I right to say the part to help... is in passive voice?
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Was/were comes with 2nd form or first? [closed]

How was is used in sentences with first form or with second ? For example what is correct: I was not fractured ? or I was not fracture ? Similarly in another example: I was failed or I was fail ? ...
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“Unwanted events happened”

"Unwanted events happened" couldn't be an example for passive because there's no objective in the sentence, it's just like this example, "the child cried", because "happen" is an intransitive verb. ...
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The first person to land on the moon was Neil Armstrong. What type of sentence is this?

The subject and the object are changed around, so I think it is passive voice. If the sentence is correct, then is this correct: The engineer to fix the problem is Arnold.
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'The thing is done with' tense

In need some help describing this writing style: A procedure can be written as "The bowl is washed with water, then....." or "The bowl was washed with water, then...." The second version is third ...
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Passive version of “process” (verb)

The context is programming, if you're wondering. It's pretty straightforward to tell a Processor to Process something, but I wonder what you would tell the Processee. Is there some verb that means ...
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Rebuilt/ Being rebuilt/ Having rebuilt/Having been rebuilt?

I have a question and really need your help! _____ a short time after the civil war, Atlanta has become the principal centre of transportation and commerce and finance in the south-eastern US. ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Proper usage of passive voice in the literature survey of scientific article

I want to write following sentence in the literature survey of scientific research paper in the Mathematics field. Author A and B proposed a convergent iterative method for computing matrix ...
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What are the passive form of these sentences?

They were listening to the instructions carefully I need a paint brush The shops were always very busy The vicar heard the news The vicar grew old He stood near the door wearing a black robe He lived ...
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Converting impersonal reporting verbs from active to passive

I have a question regarding impersonal reporting structures. The task is to complete the second sentence beginning with Bob as a subject so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence: ...
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Present continuous form for oblique subject

Someone told me that the following is not correct: May the blessings of god always shower on you and should be May the blessings of god always be showered on you. My friend's argument is ...
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Question about sentence “The polls were ruled invalid”

I have a question about the following sentence. "The polls were ruled invalid" I know this is in the passive voice in that the subject polls is described as ruled. But what what part of speech ...
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Does starting a sentence with “it is” make it passive? [duplicate]

Suppose I say: It is foolish to lick a metal pole. Is this in the passive voice? Would this sentence be better as: To lick a metal pole is foolish. How about: Licking a metal pole is ...
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Use of aux. “be” with “got” for passive?

Someone got full marks in the exam. Is it possible to change its voice to passive using got as follows? Full marks were got by someone. Why or why not?
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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Do passive sentences have objects?

I was answering a question on ELL and I came across a question of my own, namely whether there are objects in passive sentences. In this case the sentence was, Bobby was ran [sic] over by Billy's ...
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Use of active and passive voice

I want to know if there is any little difference between two given sentences. The focus of the writers has been moved towards the use of metaphors in their writings The focus of the writers ...
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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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Is “automatically eraseing” or “being erased automatically” correct? [closed]

Please tell me which sentence is correct: My file is automatically eraseing. or My file is being erased automatically.
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Is this passive voice?

I am not sure if the below sentence is actually passive voice. Count I alleges negligence in Park Rangers’ removal of the signs. If so - suggestions on rewording it without making the sentence ...
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Can I use an emphatic “did” in the passive past tense?

Can I use the emphatic did in the past passive, or is it only for the active tense? For example: "The Romans did build the bridges!" (active voice) How would I say that in the passive voice? I ...
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“I'm always (being) asked silly questions!” Doesn't the continuous verb form sound a bit awkward compared to the simple one?

In order to emphasise the annoying aspect of a habit – be it someone else's or one's own – a continuous tense instead of a simple one is used: People are always asking me silly questions! ...
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How to change sentence with 'ensure that…' to passive form

Ensure that there is no short circuit. How to change this kind of sentences to passive form?
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Shown doing: is it the grammatical passive?

I encountered this sentence today. The man is shown robbing the store. It is perfectly clear that this sentence is in passive form. However, if I reconvert it back to the active form, the ...