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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Active voice corresponding to “what he shall be done to”

The following is a quotation from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. No, reprobate! You are a castaway - be off, or I'll hurt you seriously! I'll have you all modeled in wax and clay; and the ...
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Mid position adverb

I am confused with the use of mid position adverbs in passive sentences, you can check in Google Scholar that these two structure is used more often than their counterparts. "can also be seen" and "...
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Who or whom in “by other people whom I know”?

Should who or whom be used in the following sentence? All the swans seen by other people whom I know have been white. My first thought was whom is correct because it's part of a prepositional ...
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Passive without personal pronouns [on hold]

Is the following sentence right? (I want it to sound american.) "The crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the book will be launched towards the end of fall 2017." I only found similar sentences ...
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Why does this sentence have “to be sold” instead of “to sell”? [migrated]

What he did was he translated stories from all of the major European papers to be sold to other papers. Why the phrase "to be sold to other papers," not "to sell to other papers"?
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What the construction “have something done” implies

If the construction is used in past tense as follows: I had my computer fixed. Is it possible it implies that the repair job is done and the computer is ok now? That is my computer has been fixed. ...
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grammar of “keep your seat belt fastened while seated” [migrated]

I understand the meaning of the phrase "keep your seat belt fastened while seated" which you can see at the airplane written on the front seat. But I absolutely can't figure out the grammar of the ...
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Active to passive in this sentence

I'm trying to convert the following sentence from the active voice to passive. It has two verbs, and I don't know how to link all parts. A recent study found that posting photos of oneself ...
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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What do you call the someone, who cares about something but wouldn't care if it's lost?

It's kind of weird to get a grasp from just the title but most people can't really understand my mindset and it's hard to give them a word to accurately describe it. I'm extremely passive as long as ...
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Imperative constructions in the passive voice

There are certain uses of the Imperative that are in Passive voice. But the only examples I can think of are vulgar. The obvious one is "Get f***ed!" Then there's "Get stuffed", "Get lost" etc. I'm ...
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Can we say, “People should be made admire the winners”? [closed]

We can say: "I'll make the people admire the winners", but can we make it in passive voice? Is it possible to say:"People should be made admire the winners"? Thanks in advance
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Change of voice within a sentence

I am currently proof-reading a technical manual and am coming across numerous instances of sentence structure which I believe to be incorrect. Here's an example: After filling in a custom field, ...
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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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What's the reason for using the ‘passive voice’? [closed]

I would like to know the why and when the 'passive voice' is used instead of the 'active voice' in English. The following definition did not help me very much. passive voice the voice ...
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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 so ...
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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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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 done,...
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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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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 http://random-idea-...
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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 ...