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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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? ...
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Present simple Passive - Change in the meaning when translate from active to passive or Vice versa

I know that passives can not be formed if we don't have direct object. Except that do we have any other situation in which we cant convert active into passive OR Passive into active. From Active to ...
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How do I write out a list as a narrative?

How do I write this out as a narrative in a small amount of words? "Add reagent A to each of four test tubes, then To test tube 1 add H2O To test tube 2 add urea standard solution To test tube 3 add ...
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Overuse of the verb “to be” and reference to the “deity form”

Several decades ago, I remember a humorous but insightful story or article about the verb "to be" in English, referring to it as the "deity form" if I remember correctly. I suspect it was on National ...
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present perfect tense usage [closed]

I have a question about present perfect tense. It would be great if you could help me figure that out. Today I was listening to "Everything has changed" and I noticed that when I talk about something ...
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How could the sentence “always put safety first” be expressed in a passive voice?

Should it be something like "The safety must be put first" or is there some other commonly used form for this sentence?
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How to use the verb “overload” in a passive sentence [closed]

My sentence is "Do not overload the equipment" and I want to change it into "The equipment shouldn't be ..." form. How should the verb "overload" be used in this situation? Is it "overloaded" or "...
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What's the passive form of a transitive verb in imperative mood? [closed]

If I have the active-voice imperative-mood sentence, "Open your book," how do I convert that into a passive-voice construction?
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Can a text read itself or can it only be read?

Is it correct to write or say for example that As it reads on the first page of the book, ... or only the following sentences are acceptable? As it can be read on the first page of the book,...
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Why don't we say: “The shop is opened”? [duplicate]

Why do we write "The shop is open" and not "The shop is opened"? The passive voice is formed this way: verb + ed. On the other hand, we write "The shop is closed".
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Is this passive voice and if so, how do I change to active?

Women no longer were restricted under the control of their husbands and were able to go in pursuit for their own happiness.
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How do I change passive voice to active? [closed]

The C# language will be used to test and create the application. How would I remove the passive voice in this sentence?
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Chose best passive/active voice… 1. They greet me cheerfully every morning. a. Every morning I was greeted cheerfully. b. I am greeted cheerfull [closed]

In the questions below the sentences have been given in active/passive voice. From the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the given sentence in passive/active voice... 1. They ...
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How can I simplify this sentence? [closed]

"GHWC has solutions that address the root causes of common problems." "has solutions that" seems bulky and incorrect. I feel like it could be more active voice.
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Is the modal “would” correct in these passive sentences?

Recently I was going through a grammar exercise book and I found these two peculiar sentences in a section about passive usage: "What would you most recent been told? I would most recent being told ...
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Grammar - Passive [duplicate]

The famous artist will have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished Is it correct to convert the above sentence to "passive" form as follows? The mural will have ...
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“based on” usage

I'm a little bit confused when I use a sentence like "It is divided based on glasses of milk". I'm not sure that it is used as an adverb or in the passive voice? Thanks.
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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [closed]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Describing a product in an ad [closed]

We are preparing an ad for pictures, and we would like to write that we have certificates of authenticity for the pictures. What would be the best way to write it? My suggestion is to use passive (...
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What is this passive construction called?

I wonder what the tax raised is called as a sentence part shown below, and whether it's grammatical. Please suggest corrections if it isn't. The tax raised, more small enterprises will close down. ...
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How to use 'die' as a passive verb

While watching a video of Stephen Jenkinson I was challenged by the declaration that grammatically 'die' cannot be used as a passive verb. Is it possible to use die as a passive verb? Nothing I ...
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To explain or to be explained

I have searched lots of websites to understand which one is correct in this sentence: It is too hard to (be) explain(ed). Some people say that after some adjectives called tough adjectives you can'...
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Finding Cue words

In generalizing what I have learned from Japanese "conjugations" I learned quite a bit. I have come to the realization that the same verb forms ARE present in English although English uses cue words ...
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What's the difference between respected and respectable? [closed]

He is highly [respected/respectable] owing to his good manners and gratefulness. I know the difference but I can't decide which one to choose, either he is respected (the passive form)or he is ...
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One sentence with two meanings! “The door was locked”

I'm learning English. I think the sentence "The door was locked" has two meanings!. I'm very confused. First of all, let's look at this example: I broke the glass (Active) The glass was broken (...
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Is it correct to use being + V3 without to be in this case?

Is it correct to use being+V3 form without "to be" in the following case? After code being scanned, you will receive text
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to be + past participle

I wanted to ask a lot of questions concerning this phrase: I always consult with my children who are affected by the decisions to be made. What role does the particle "to" perform in this ...
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Passive Voice vs Present Perfect Passive Voice

Neither Jeremy nor his friends have been informed about the accident by the traffic police. Why is the present perfect passive voice (have been informed) used in the sentence? Is it correct to use ...
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shipment has been lost vs ~is missing

My question is A million dollars' worth of shipment is missing and A million dollars' worth of shipment has been lost. Which sentence is correct?
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Can a sentence or fragment without a verb be passive voice? [closed]

Please let me know if a sentence or fragment like this is in passive voice. iRIDS developed by C-DAC to check red light violations. I request you to give justification.
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Which voice (active/passive) is the following sentence in? [closed]

Is the following sentence in active voice or in passive voice? Cutting-edge Infosys projects in Artificial Intelligence were highlighted by Vishal Sikka.
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Is 'I was kept waiting by him' correct?

In my English Wren and Martin Grammar book, the following sentence is converted from active to passive in the following way:- Active:He kept me waiting. Passive: I was kept waiting. But I was ...
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Questions about “get” vs. “was given” and the Passive Voice

What is the difference in meaning between got and was given? I understand that got is in the active voice, was given is in the passive voice, and that they are different verbs. But what is the ...
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Passive voice of intransitive verbs

Intransitive verbs have no objects, so they can not be used in passive voice, but I have seen many people using intransitive verbs in passive voice sentences. I am much confused how is it possible. ...
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The English Tense in Passive Voice

Yesterday I read Modern English:A Practical Reference Guide written by Marcella Frank, and she gives a paradigm about tenses on page 50. The page shows tenses in active voice and passive voice; she ...
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Use of “has been” [closed]

I just want to know whether the way I used has been in a reply is correct. The sentence is The query has been responded as per request Is that correct?
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Time given us or time given to us

I read this quote online: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" - J. R. R. Tolkien Is it just a relaxation of pronunciation of "the time that [god] has given us" ? ...