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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“They have been replaced by…” or “They have been replaced with…”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 ...
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“meeting called to order” vs “meeting call to order”

Which do you think is more appropriate, "Meeting call to order" or "Meeting called to order" if it's used in a printed meeting program? As for now, the program looks like this: 13:45 [Doors open] ...
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Passive voice in this sentence

I am a bit confused about these sentences below. The word "encumbered" baffles me. "Encumbered" is usually used in passive sentences. I am not able to understand the agent in these following ...
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active or passive voice sentence?

Statement : Govt asked about safety of northeast community.
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How do you fix the passive voice in this sentence

I wrote this sentence: Because of his low weight, Gabe was still being nurtured instead of being named. And Word underlined the bold part saying I was using passive voice and I don't know how to fix ...
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“It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name” — is this word order acceptable?

It was a brilliant performance worthy of her name. There's no problem here, but what if you then add this: It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name. What's ...
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Sequence of tenses missing - not in Reported Speech

SITUATION: A year ago, my friend had some financial problems of which his relatives were aware. Why do we say: They believed he was in debt. but: He was believed to be in debt instead of: He was ...
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Using “ran” as a past participle

I've got a document I'm reading, written by a co-worker. I know the co-worker in question grew up in the same Oklahoma town I did, although a slightly different part, and 15 years later. So while we ...
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If I write this sentence in others ways, what differences do you think they will bring to native speakers?

I just read the following sentence in the text book New Concept English: A public house which was recently bought by Mr. Thompson is up for sale. My question is, how is it different from saying ...
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Why do 'get' and 'have' work similarly in 'get/have sth done" but differently in 'get sb to do sth' and 'have sb do sth'

Why do 'get' and 'have' work similarly in I got/had my car repaired. but differently – that is are not complemented in the same way although they still mean the same – in I got someone to ...
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Which voice is better here, passive or active? [closed]

Between If the moral principle of “love your neighbour” is adhered to, then the world will be free of war. and If we adhere to the moral principle of “love your neighbour”, then the ...
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How to convert passive voice to active voice?

I am using a proofreading plugin for Wordpress and it says that I should not use passive voice (the selected parts) in the following phrase. How can I rephrase this to use active voice? The ...