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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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 ...
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When to use active and passive form of sentence? [closed]

I want to while writing formal documents like reports etc. How to decide when to use which form of the sentence.
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Passive voice. Past Continuous or Present Perfect?

Nothing (was)/(has) ever heard of David. I think that correct answer is "has" because it's result. But in the answer section it's said that correct option is "was". Which one is correct and why? ...
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What is the grammar structure of “have been”

could you please tell me, what is the grammar structure of this tense: I have been back from the trip I talked about.
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What's the “textbook” way to write a passive sentence with a phrasal verb?

So, I understand that the prohibition against ending a sentence with a preposition was only ever a myth, and isn't a rule we need to follow. Still, it was a rule I was taught in school, so presumably ...
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Indirect object? Direct object? In active voice? In passive voice?

The following sentence has an active voice verb and an indirect object (IO) me and a direct object (DO) book: "Jeff gave me a book." As I understand, a passive voice verb comprises (1) a form of the ...
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“asked” vs. “was asked” in a title

I just encountered this news heading: "All-Female Flight Test Crew Asked How They Will Cope Without Make-Up Or Men In Space" This confused me, because I understood from the heading that the "crew ...
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A question regarding verb parallelism from GMAT

This is a question from GMAT sentence correction section. \begin{question} The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times, which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’...
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How to use Present Perfect Continuous in Passive form?

Although Present Perfect Continuous is less commonly used in its Passive form. I want to know if it's possible to use a sentence below in its passive form. Active: I have been telling him a long ...
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Rephrase spoken explanation as a formal written instruction [closed]

I'm currently studying at University of Applied Sciences and my assignment was to rephrase this spoken explanation as a formal written instruction: "You shouldn't place objects in front of an air ...
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Passive for “Ram goes to school” [duplicate]

This is one timeless problem that every school boy in India has scratched his head over. What would be the passive for 'Ram goes to school' ? PS: Every students first guess is "The school was ...
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Can I omit the verb 'to be' when writing passive?

I am writing the minutes of a meeting. I wrote 'minutes opened at 13:19' and someone corrected me to 'minutes were opened at..' Then I wrote 'Elections held by secret ballot. Results revealed after ...
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How to specify that search should be between two dates in technical specification

I'm writing an integration manual that specifies how to use our WCF service for mobile messages and responses. The part in question needs to specify that the search results will be filtered between ...
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Passive conversion

In researching a question, I came across this site http://www.grammarbank.com/passives-with-modals.html and this example of active voice being converted into passive: Active : Do you have to pay the ...
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still *“getting published”, “being published”, or just “published”? [closed]

Which is correct and why? a) The New York Times is a daily American newspaper founded on September 18, 1851, and is still getting published in New York City. b) The New York Times is a daily ...
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Convert “Who has stolen my spectacles?” to passive voice [closed]

Convert this sentence to passive voice: Who has stolen my spectacles? I got two options: a)by whom spectacles have been stolen? B)by whom have my spectacles been stolen? I am confused regarding ...
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Passive voice with functional verbs

Basically, which is correct and why? fire is attempted to start fire is attempted to be started
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Could you explain this construction? [duplicate]

What is the construction be + verb (perfect form)? I have come across it multiple times in legalese. For instance: to ensure that every person be granted adequate assistance
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“When did you born?” or “When were you born?” [closed]

Should I say "When did you born?" or "When were you born?"?
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“A crop grows” vs. “A crop is grown” — which is preferable? [closed]

Consider following sentence- Tea grows both in Assam and Ceylon. It can be made better as- Tea grows in both Assam and Ceylon. Or- Tea is grown in both Assam and Ceylon. I am confused to decide ...
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Usage 'used to' in Passive Sentence

I'm Turkish. Is below the sentence correct? Information: Mean of 'used to' shouldn't be 'past habits'. It should be passive sentence. Sentence: This table used to define batch. I want to say ...
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Which is better: “related more” or “was more related”

It actually related more to his genetics than his behavior. or It actually was more related to his genetics than his behavior.
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Using present continuous passive (is being) for describing repeating (undesirable) actions

I am trying to understand if it is possible to build sentences in such a way, I feel like I have seen somewhere using this tense in the same way I am trying to use it. Is it possible to use Present ...
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Personal passive

I read an article at grammarbank , and understood that when we want to make personal passive for all of tenses we use "is thought (seen,said,...)" or "are thought (Seen,said,.. )", but after that, ...
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Is this in passive voice? + what are reasons for ever using passive?

Is the following sentence passive? (context: referring to the second dictionary entry definition for the word 'spiritual') This second usage of spiritual I do not approve of. I believe that ...
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a question about passive voice grammar [duplicate]

What is the difference between "get/got/gotten" and "am/is/was/are/were/be/have or has been" in the (Passive Voice) grammar? For example: My computer gets/got/gotten damaged. and My ...
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Is there an intransitive verb with a passive meaning in English?

Is there an intransitive verb with a passive meaning in English? More than one example is also welcome.
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Elections took place, Impersonal Passive

I am reading one PhD thesis at the moment, and encountered an explanation which states that the form of the verb take used in the following sentence is 'impersonal passive'. On 25 April, for the ...
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Describing completed action [closed]

So, I was having a fight with an English grammar expert with my little knowledge on the following sentence : Products are already being checked. My opponent was telling me that my sentence was ...
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Where does the when go?

In rewriting the following sentence with an infinitive or a gerund, what happens to the when? Mary hates it when she is enclosed in small spaces. Mary hates being (to be) enclosed in small spaces.
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Direct object before indirect object

In this article on the changes in English grammar the author says: How untrammelled the English passive is, may be seen in the fact that, not content with a construction like “A book was given him,...
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What is the difference between “broke” and “was broken”?

What is the difference between "broke" and "be broken" in the following? The pot broke as I kicked it. The pot was broken as I kicked it.
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Using of the passive voice

Mr. Alsop is getting old. He needs to be looked after, don't you think? Mr. Alsop is getting old. He needs looking after, don't you think? What is the difference between them and which one is ...
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Passive voice, agency, and survey format

I'm designing an opinion survey and one of the factors I am thinking of manipulating is the way the question is phrased. Specifically, I'm thinking of contrasting the following two item phrasings: 1) ...