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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“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, and ...
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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 ...
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passive with “to get”

In spoken English (at least in America), passives are often formed with "to get" rather than "to be;" I would wager the majority of the time: he got hit by a car I get driven to work I've gotten ...
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Can you begin a sentence with an emotion?

Is it incorrect to begin a sentence with an emotion? For example: "Afraid and alone, he no longer wished to continue on." I'm translating some work from a foreign language into English, but I ...
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What part of speech is the word “found” in the sentence below

A whale found dead on the southern Spanish coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste, including plastic bags. I assumed it was a verb, as in a reduced passive form (a whale that was ...
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Mix active and passive voice in the thesis

I am starting to write my thesis and was told not to use passive voice. But the active voice pronouns "I" and "we" do not sound right somehow and I even found this link How to Write... encouraging ...
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Usage of passive forms without “be” verb [duplicate]

I will very grateful if you can help me understand the following issue: As I understand, the next two sentences are interchangeable and have the same meaning: 1) Acts that are done by humans are not ...
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“compare” or “be compared”

Here is a sentence: We would like to import auto parts from your company on a regular basis, provided your prices compare favorably with those of others. Is the sentence right? I think the word "...
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How to say that a problem has occurred previously in passive voice

I want to say this in a passive voice: People must have had this problem in the past. The sentence starts with something like "This problem must ...". How do I say it?
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Ambiguity about passive in my textbook

In my textbook, it said "In an active sentence we need to include the agent as subject; using a passive allows us to omit the agent by leaving out the prepositional phrase with by" Ex: ...
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Usage of “being” in “I am always afraid of being bitten”

Does anybody know what 'being' means in the following statement? I don't like dogs. I am always afraid of being bitten. Why is being used in this statement? It looks like a passive statement, ...
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Proper use of passive and active voices? [duplicate]

My question is when passive voice is preferred over active voices and vice versa? I remember that I was taught that in scientific writings, passive voice was preferred over active voice. Is it ...
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they are being removed or they are removed? [closed]

which one is correct they are being removed from the black list? or they are removed from the black list? i want to use a passive sentence to express the removal of something from the black list.
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Why can't they have him get caught or killed? - do I need “get” here?

Reading about the movie character, Dexter, a fan was wondering about how the series will end: Why can't they have him get caught or killed? It got me thinking..it is "have sb do smth" used here? ...
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How to change a passive sentence having transitive verb to active voice?

Suppose take this sentence: The door is opened I am not very sure that it is in passive voice. But I think so. I am struggling converting it into active voice.(If it is already in active voice, how ...
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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Cohesion and Flow: Passive Sentence Creating Better Flow?

I was reading a presentation and found the passage below. I still don't understand how the passive voice (first sentence) causes the sentence to flow better. To me, the second sentence sounds better, ...
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Usage of “being” in sentence

Why is being used in the sentence below, and what does it mean? Lisa is upset about not being invited to the party Are they trying to use the passive voice? If yes, how would the sentence look ...
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passive Vs active or omission of 'which is'

What is the part of speech of 'regarded' in the following? "a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems" (NOAD) Why isn't it "... [which is] regarded ..."? ...
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Why use “of” in the phrase “delivered of a baby”?

With all the "Royal baby" craze comes something that really confuses me. All the news media used pretty much the same sentence to make the announcement: The Duchess of Cambridge has been ...
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“I need him to get washed” — what is wrong?

I said that sentence, implying that a small boy from the next door is kinda stinky. But now I do not know if it is correct to say that. I need him to get washed. Google 0 hits.
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Is this a passive construction?

Take the medicine as prescribed. As there is no verb to be in this sentence, is it passive because it is implied? ..i.e., Take the medicine as (it was) prescribed.?
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Present perfect vs. passive voice

Here are two sentences that look pretty similar: The book was written by Hugo. The book has been written by Hugo. Each of them says that the action has been already performed in the past ...
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Passive voice for sentences using modals and "used to:

I always have some problems with changing an active sentence which contains used to into a passive sentence, for example: Mr Green used to teach languages at school. What is the passive form? ...
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Passive voice for sentences like “He is going somewhere”

I have this sentence that I trying to render into passive voice: Tom is going to school. According to the rules described in this document (“Passive voice with direct and indirect objects”), it ...
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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 ...