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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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Usage of transitive verbs [closed]

Transitive verbs when used in active voice take a direct object,that is to say not preceded by a preposition.However,transitive verbs when used passively take the preposition - to,by or from.This may ...
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Will (be) flourish(ed)

It seems that the sentence "A young mind will flourish with the proper guidance" could be rewritten as "A young mind will be flourished with the proper guidance" without major difference in meaning. ...
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This is a passive sentence, right?

I recently received a marked assessment from my teacher, and I think I might have been mismarked on a question. The question asks : "Identify and analyse two examples of passive in the text". One of ...
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Does “A guy named Tony” mean the same as “A guy who's called Tony”? [duplicate]

I know the passive structure and I know its application. But I've always noticed that a few sentences which have a structure similar to the passive, although they are not exactly passive. For example: ...
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I have some doubt about passive voice [closed]

So... Here is first phrase from "TBBT": So if a photon is directed through a plane with two slits in it and either slit is observed, it will not go through both slits. I'm confused with this part "a ...
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“I haven't finished with that” vs “I wasn't finished with that” [closed]

I've just seen that example of usage "I wasn't finished with that" http://9gag.com/gag/aep02N5 And it seems incorrect to me. Why wouldn't I use "I haven't finished with that" instead? Is it correct ...
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Should I completely eliminate passive voice [closed]

I have read that a lot of passive voice deadens the story to 2 dimensional even if you are just trying to show something that takes time when you use the passive voice. I quite often use passive ...
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My question is about the definition and use of the words 'have' and 'been'

I have been trying to explain the words 'have' and 'been' to someone who has learnt English as a second language. In trying to explain them, I've realised I don't really understand the meaning or ...
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Why does “written” become the past participle in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: Harry Potter is the best book ever written. The word "written" is the past participle, but why? I believe it's the passive voice, but I have a friend who ...
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What is the correct order in these sentence? (Passive voice)

There are French history, traditions, culture and famous people described. OR There are French history described traditions, culture and famous people. Please help me:)
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Using “might have been” in the present perfect

How do we use "might have been" in the present perfect? For example, "The door might have been closed". How can we say this in the present perfect? Or is it already in the present perfect?
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Difference between “will now be” and “is going to be”

What is the difference between "will now be" and "is going to be"? Just to provide you some contest: The memory will now be deallocated. vs. The memory is going to be deallocated.
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Is “door” the direct object of “The cat ran out the door”?

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While we both understand what they are and how they work, we got stuck on a random sentence that I blurted out. Now, if I say: ...
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Active or passive voice - which to use?

In my software, if for some reason the installation fails, I want to display a message. Which of these is correct? Some problem occurred. The installation cannot proceed. Some problem ...
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Passive voice after the verbs “to order, command, tell, ask for”

I found the following sentences in an English language texbook (written by a non-native speaker) and I'm not sure about them. I've tried to find similar examples elsewhere, but couldn't. I think the ...
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Is the following sentence in the active or passive voice? [closed]

"The preparation for lodgment of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Department of Planning ("Planning") continues." Although I believe the previous sentence to be an agentless passive, ...
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What's with the passive present perfect progressive? [duplicate]

I was taught that we made passive voice using be + the participle of the main verb, without changing the verb tense. E.g., I send letters. (present simple) Letters are sent. (present simple ...
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“When needed”: Passive voice or adjective?

I've just read this sentence: ...As long as they have their own independent lives and help out only when needed, mothers-in-law can play a very useful role in any family... My question is about ...
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Which one would sound better : “are used” or “being used”

This question is similar to this one but I'm trying to decide the tense to use in here : I often use "is being" and "are being" in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically? ...