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 or passive? [closed]

I have a question mainly regarding whether my sentence is active or passive. But also I would like to ask if it has a bad structure? A piece of paper with a couple of paragraphs almost entirely ...
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“Used to be + verb” or “Was used to + verb” for passive voice

Which one is right? "My exorbitant tuition in MIT used to be paid by my sister." OR "My exorbitant tuition in MIT was used to be paid by my sister."
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Passive Voice of “Do you know her”: What preposition should be used?

When we put the following sentence into the passive voice, is the agent introduced by the preposition by, as it usually is with other verbs? Active: Do you know her? Passive : Is she ...
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Passive of modal verb dare

What would be the passive of: You dare not talk to her. Also, is it right to say "you dare not talk to her" at all?
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past tense, passive verb [duplicate]

What is correct usage -- or correct semi-slang usage -- for verb in this sentence: 'he was a boy who got beat up often'
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A “list of Things I've done” including passives? How to explain how this is wrong?

Proofreading a website, it had a "List of Things I've Done" that went something like this: Danced in the moonlight Had a gun pointed at me Ate Lutefisk ...etc. The one that bothered me was the ...
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Sequnce of tenses in the sentence

Is it okay to use different tenses in this way? Try to find an area where science isn't needed, where experiments weren't perfomed.
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What grammar is involved in the catenation “need to be released”

"We will let you know when these need to be released." Is this sentence grammatical? If it is, what grammatical construction is "need to be released"?
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“It was not to be closed” or “It should not have been closed”

I would like to use the phrase "this question should not be closed" to refer to a question that someone closed—but the expression seems defective because it doesn't get at the fact that the closing ...
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Intransitive verbs with preposition in passive sentences

The words listen, shout, etc. are intransitive verbs, but why are they used in passive sentences with preposition to, at, etc.? e.g: she was never listened to. I don’t like to be shouted at. ...
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Future Continuous and Perfect Continuous tenses in Passive Voice

I've read a lot of books/articles which says that Future Continuous in Passive Voice and Perfect Continuous in Passive Voice are not possible, but there are some examples of such combinations at this ...
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“They have been replaced by…” or “They have been replaced with…”

We replace something old with something new. The Mayor has replaced all the old school buses with new ones. When the sentence is written in the passive voice, "by" is used. All the ...
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Existential sentence…in the passive voice?

Now, a friend over the internet wanted me to explain the passive voice to him. He began by providing his story's "readability statistics" of Microsoft Word, which said that 7% of his sentences were ...
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How reliable is to be + past participle to identify passive voice? [duplicate]

I am trying to write a software that can identify simple variants of passive voice in an english sentence. I found multiple resources that state that to be + a past participle is an indication that ...
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What’s the difference between “to VERB” and “to be VERBed”?

What is the difference between these two statements: A new version of Java is ready to install. A new version of Java is ready to be installed.
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Causative infinitive “get”

I have the following sentence: I've got a lot of things to get done by this weekend. Is it correct? Is to get done a valid causative form?
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Active vs Passive voice in lab reports, and history of scientific usage

I've had some discussions in the past with TA's who would tell my undergrads "Lab reports are written in the passive voice". Aside from whether or not this is correct (let's come back to that in a ...
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Passive voice expressed by means of the active voice

I wonder what the reason is to say These cakes sell well instead of These cakes are being sold well. I understand that it’s shorter but it doesn’t work with any verb, does it? For example, The house ...
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“help someone convince” vs “help someone to be convinced”?

His study of revolutionary writings and the injustices he saw helped him convince that Mexico should be free from colonial rule. Do you think that sentence is correct? If not, what do you think ...
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Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?

A recent commenter on a recent word-search question nominated a term as “an even better word for what is trying to be said.” This seems to me to attribute intention to something—a ...
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Change “The boys kicked the ball through the window” into passive voice

I was wondering which one would feel more natural. The ball was kicked through the window by the boys. The ball was kicked by the boys through the window. Personally I feel "kicked" ...
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Adverbial phrase in passive construct

Sam built the house (active) The house was built by sam (passive) In the active voice of the sentence, "Sam" is the subject, clear and simple. In the passive construction, what is then the function ...
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Question about the proscribed use of “have” along with “get” or “be” [duplicate]

I have asked before and been told that along with the usage of have, there shouldn't be any other words like be or get, as the have already conveys the meaning on its own. Example 1: She never had ...
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could be or could have been stolen? [duplicate]

Please consider the following. Supposing the context is such that the frame was never stolen, is it acceptable to use "could have been stolen" instead of "could be stolen"? What would be the ...
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Changing active to passive? [closed]

Given the sentence: They took some pictures of me in the park. What is the passive form of this sentence? I have tried: I was taken pictures of in the park. Is this correct expressions in ...
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Is there a passive form of “to masturbate”?

First of all, I hope this question does not get banned due to inappropriate content. It that is the case, I’d be glad to know how I can reformulate the question in order to stay within the rules. ...
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It's advertised = It was advertised?

Can I say/write "It's advertised" instead of "It was advertised"
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How to convert this sentence into passive voice?

Sentence: The carrier requires the manufacturer to install the software code on the iPhone. I want to convert the previous sentence into passive voice by making software code to be subject, but ...
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“Apply” and the passive voice

I have a sentence like this. I applied this method to the problem. I want "the problem" to be the subject of the sentence. If "this method" were the subject, this might be very easy. This ...
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Passive form of a sentence that has “promise to [verb]”

Sentence: The manufacturer promises to repair or replace the product if necessary within warranty period I want to convert the above sentence into passive. Is either of the following ...
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Active to Passive [duplicate]

Active: Don't ask me the question. Passive: Don't let myself be asked the question by you. Is it correct? If not, please provide the correct answer.
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“I had my house [be] burned down”

I have found out that using the verb be in passive constructions such as: I had my house be burned down is incorrect, therefore it should be I had my house burned down. But is it ...
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Enumeration of few objects

If I want to enumerate few indicators that were measured, how can I do that without using a word "indicators"? My friend suggested "Were measured: professional identity, professional motivation, ...
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Products will be shipped in the same order they . . . ordered?

What is the correct word in the following sentence? Products will be shipped in the same order they [. . .] ordered. I am guessing for are or have been, but I'm not sure. Can someone explain? ...
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Why “he is known to me” instead of “he is known by me”

Why do we say he is known to me instead of he is known by me? We know that the passive is formed by by. Then why is it not he is known by me? Actually I want to know the structure.
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Class [has been / was] removed. [duplicate]

If I want to make a very short remark as a comment to a fragment of computer program, what would be the best style of the three variants below please? Class ProjectControl... ...removed ...was ...
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“To be assigned to” usage question

Many years ago I translated a document and wrote "he was assigned to an operation" (context: hospital operation, the assignee is undergoing one). An English professor who volunteered to copyedit my ...
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“This is allowed”, is this passive voice?

This is allowed. Is the verb is a linking verb, or is this passive construction? Is there a difference? How does one tell?
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How to change the following sentence to reported speech?

How to change the following sentence to reported speech?? The mother said to the girl,"This is how you make a pizza."
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How is this sentence 'Passive Voice'?

I am finished the website for now, but if you have any more problems please feel free to contact me. Thank you for the work and experience. I looked up the above in a grammar checking website, ...
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Potential issues with passive voice usage [duplicate]

I checked the grammar of my research article using a leading software. This is my sentence: A total of 12.3 million sequences was used for the establishment of database. The error is: 'Potential ...
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Past tense vs past participle in passive forms [closed]

For example: The car is driven by my a friend of mine. vs The car is drove by a friend of mine. Which one is correct?
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I was embarrassed by you

When you say "I was embarrassed by you", is it ever possible for you to mean that "you embarrassed me"? In other words, is it possible to convey the passive voice by "I was embarrassed by you"?
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Let it be done - grammatical analysis

How should the phrase "Let it be done" be interpreted grammatically? What confounds me are the following assumptions, some or all of which may be wrong: "Let" implies imperative "it be done" ...
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active-passive voice related question [duplicate]

Please tell me the passive form (if there is) of the following sentence: Leave at once. ???
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verb or adjective in “The blue page is *stapled* to the red page”?

Consider the following sentence. The blue page is stapled to the red page. Although "stapled" is (apparently) past-tense, nonetheless the above sentence is clearly expressing something about the ...
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To be versus have in their passive forms?

'He'd only had it told to him by the townspeople'. What is the difference between this passive construction and if it had said, 'He was only told...'?
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Does “can be” have an alternative that is not in the passive voice?

I have been experimenting with different forms of grammar recently, and have enabled Verbose Grammar Checks in Microsoft Word to alert me when I am unknowingly using the passive voice. I wanted to ...
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Passive or Past perfect?

a) The train was left by then. Or b) The train had left by then. Could you tell me which alternative is correct?
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“be denied” or “be denied by”

I'm reading Robert Bringhurst's book The Elements of Typographic Style (4th edition), and encounter this sentence on the top of page 10: That freedom is denied us if the tradition is concealed or ...