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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Conversion into passive voice and order of the words

This is a sentence in active voice: He cannot rear any cattle on his farm. Its passive would be: Any cattle cannot be reared by him on his farm? OR On his farm, any cattle cannot be reared by him? OR ...
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Passive form of “John is painting his room”

When we want to change a statement from active to passive, in the present continuous, we have to change the verb that is continuous from the active verb to the continuous for of be and the past ...
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Verb types or mode of expression to convey lack of causality

In Biblical Hebrew there are two simple verb types (Qal grammatically active and Niphal passive) which covey no causation. They may be reflexive, permissive or tolerative or some combination. Would ...
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Why is this marked ungrammatical?

Why is the second sentence below marked as being ungrammatical? Ed wanted a new CD player. ✲ A new CD player was wanted by ED.                     —Bas Aarts, English Syntax and ...
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Passive auxiliary verb or progressive one?

Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on.                —Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Is ‘being’ a passive auxiliary verb or a progressive one?
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“Your order has shipped”

I ordered a CD from an online music store. My confirmation email reads "your order has shipped." English is not my first language, and this strikes me as odd. Shouldn't it be a passive-voice sentence, ...
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I often use “is being” and “are being” in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically?

For example "lasers are being used to treat different skin conditions". It is a passive form without a subject. Please guide.
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He was getting vs being beaten

I would need to understand the difference here: He was being beaten. He was getting beaten. I know "get" + ppt can be either passive voice or a change of state. What is that in this example? I ...
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Is the use of the word “been” necessary or proper when discussing a completed event?

Is the use of the word "been" in the following sentence necessary or proper? The arbitration between the claimant and the respondent has already been concluded. Someone has been editing my paper ...
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What's the sentence pattern of passive voice?

We saw him enter the room. He was seen to enter the room. When the sentence that has the pattern of “S+V+O+OC” is changed into passive form, do we call ‘to enter the room’ as a subjective ...
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“Has been changed” or “has changed”?

Debate with a fellow writer: should I say "My email ID has been changed" or "My email ID has changed"?
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Active usage of “taken aback”

The expression to be taken aback is very common; a typical example sentence (that I just made up) would be I was taken aback by the way she laughed. However, I sometimes find myself wanting to ...
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“The data misses a desired object” vs. “a desired object is being missed in the data” [closed]

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? If the data misses a desired object, then information relevant to that object do not exist in the database. If a desired object is being ...
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Human verbs for things - bad style? [closed]

In writing on an academic topic concerned with IT systems and business stuff, my aim is to write with active formulations which liven the text. But I'm noticing that I tend to use human verbs for ...
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Scripts ran/run/running/?

What is the correct verb construct in the following sentence? Scripts ____ under cron have an empty environment. Cron is a program that runs scripts at scheduled points in time (e.g. every ...
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“Compose” and “comprise”

The whole comprises the parts, for example The board comprises five members. and the parts compose the whole such as Five members compose the board. The preceding sentence can be written ...
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Passive to active interrogatives

I am a high school student. While doing my weekly assignment, I came across a question which asks me to write in active voice Have they been told to be ready? Can anyone help me out with this ...
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Passive voice of “Stay”

What would be the passive voice of "passengers stay in a hotel". The whole sentence would be "passengers can be forwarded to their destination in a new flight, or (be kept) in a hotel". "Kept" is not ...
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Subject and object while using passive voice [closed]

My English teacher and an overwhelming majority of my English class insists that in the following sentences the bolded words are subjects and the italicized words are objects. I ate the cake. ...
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Is there a passive for the sentence “Be quiet.”?

How to say "Be quiet.", which is a command, in passive voice?
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“Issue #16 is being downloaded” vs “Downloading issue #16” [closed]

When downloading something on an application, I preferred the present continuous active voice form of the message, say something like "Downloading issue #16" However I have been asked to change it ...
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“His hopes had not materialized”/“have not materialized”/“have not been materialized”

Which one is preferable in following sentence? His hopes of getting through the I.A.S. had not materialized till today's date. His hopes of getting through the I.A.S. have not materialized ...
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How can I use “fête” as a verb in active voice?

Oxford Dictionaries cites a verb as an entry for fête and gives a passive example. How can I use fête in the active voice? For example, can one fête an occasion with pomp and circumstance?
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Passive form questions

Note: English isn't my main language. I have a question about the passive form, I think the following paragraph has a strange "form" of a passive context, here it is: Prodded by hunger, the female ...
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Is this correct: “Water will be being drunk by Michael”?

I started with "Michael is drinking water", which I could convert to "Water is being drunk by Michael", which I could change to the past tense as "Water was being drunk by Michael". That leads me to ...
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“has been raised” or “was raised” in an academic journal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Past simple and present perfect The first line in my research is the following: Since the May 6, 2010 ``Flash Crash’’ event, the following question has been raised ...
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Is it “is being build” or “is being built”? [closed]

Channel is being build with aid of latest technologies available today. Is the above line correct? or should built be used instead of build? What is the grammatic logic to follow so I ...
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passive voice for quit

What will be the passive voice for - "she quits her teaching job in school".I have come up with -"the teaching job in school is quit by her".But somehow its not sounding correct.Is it fine?
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“Barrier will open” vs. “barrier will be opened”

To me "barrier will open" sounds more correct. I am not 100% sure if "barrier will be opened" is acceptable. What do you think?
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Present perfect passive voice

I have to put this sentence in passive: She took a long time to write the composition, but at last she wrote it. Trying to write this in passive, I wrote the following: The composition took ...
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How can I fix the passive voice error in this sentence?

To combat this, new security measures have been implemented such as identification checks and on-site police officers. The error is in bold. I've been reading online about passive voice but ...
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What’s the difference between “come recommended” and “be recommended”?

… But their main business is in parts and refurbishing, and the old man, Deforges, doesn’t like to sell a used piano to someone who hasn’t come recommended. He says it’s more trouble than it’s ...
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What's the passive form of “A lives (or resides) in B”?

I could easily say "Currently, there are six people living in that manor", but how do I turn it into passive sentence so that the manor becomes the subject? I was trying to make a sentence about a ...
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Is the proper phrase “Be Discovered” or “Get Discovered”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be used? I am working on a website and I'm having a little difficulty selecting an appropriate ...
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Alternative to “is going to be”

I want to find a synonym to "is going to be" in a sentence like: "X is going to be outdated after Y joins X". I could have chosen "will be", but I want something more incisive, and less "in the ...
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“Life finishes” vs “life is finished”

To convey that someone arrives at the end of his life or simply dies, which sentence is more correct or more common? I prefer the first. His life finishes. His life is finished. If the ...
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Why Do Tennis Commentators Talk So Passively? [closed]

I've watched a lot of tennis and heard a lot of commentating. The various commentators consistently say something like: "The forehand of Federer" instead of "Federer's forehand". Why would they do ...
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Can the passive “to be amazed” be active?

I'm trying to find a way to write a sentence with active language where a character is amazed by something without making the something the subject of the sentence. For example: "Adam opened the ...
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Is it right to ask “Where is the world's most fresh water?” without using the word found or located?

Is it right to ask this question: Where is the world's most fresh water? Can I ask this question without using the word "found" Where is the world's most fresh water found?
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Can I use “when” + future tense in this case?

Can I use "when" + future tense in this case? I'm not sure when it will be released.
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Is the sentence “X is located in Y” active or passive voice?

It looks passive to me, due to the structure to be + past participle. However, if I take Z as a doer of the verb locate and change it around as in Z locates X, I am very confused with the meaning ...
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Do English speakers tend to use verbs in passive form? [closed]

Is my understanding true that English speakers tend to use passive instead of active form of verbs? Compare these: Let's do it Let's get it done I will cook it I will get it cooked ...
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How do I say 'people insist on' in the passive voice?

If I have 'read guides where people insist that...' then how do I use that in the passive voice? 'In guides I have read, it is insisted that...'? 'In guides I have read, it is insisted upon that..'? ...
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Passive clauses without auxiliaries

Sentences such as I came across a letter that was typed by her secretary, can be "reduced" by removing that and the auxiliary verb, yielding I came across a letter typed by her secretary. In this ...
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Passive of “tried to eat”

OK, so I'm trying to complete the following analogy: John ate the worms. is to The worms were eaten. as John tried to eat the worms. is to The worms were tried to be eaten. or ...
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When do you use “is being” in English?

When should I use is being in English? For example, do you say "something is changed," or "something is being changed"?
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Can the present perfect continuous construct be used in passive voice?

Can the passive voice be used for sentences in the present perfect continuous? I understand the present perfect and its passive voice (have/has built, has been built). However, the passive voice of ...
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The usage of “being” in passive voice

I was reading the following sentence on the Internet and did not understand the usage of "being" in it: They might have been being thrown away. "They" refers to spoons here. I guess it is the ...
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Is using passive voice “bad form”?

Whenever I create a document in Microsoft Word, it complains about a lot of my sentences being in passive voice. But, when I read that sentence aloud, it sounds fine to me. I am not sure if it is just ...
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Is the sentence “It is removed” grammatically correct?

There is another form of the same sentence — "It has been removed". But in the sentence "It is removed," the last word is an adjective so I believe it is correct as well. Am I right?