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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Change of voice within a sentence

I am currently proof-reading a technical manual and am coming across numerous instances of sentence structure which I believe to be incorrect. Here's an example: After filling in a custom field, ...
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Simple past passive voice [on hold]

Simple past passive voice, In below sentence who is a speaker and who is a listener. Muthu was heard by Kumar.
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Comma when using passive voice

Should I put commas in sentences like this? The price of software is defined(,) based on... the amount is calculated(,) based on... computers(,) developed by... approvals for advertising and ...
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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 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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Active to passive in this sentence

I'm trying to convert the following sentence from the active voice to passive. It has two verbs, and I don't know how to link all parts. A recent study found that posting photos of oneself ...
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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What do you call the someone, who cares about something but wouldn't care if it's lost?

It's kind of weird to get a grasp from just the title but most people can't really understand my mindset and it's hard to give them a word to accurately describe it. I'm extremely passive as long as ...
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What's the reason for using the ‘passive voice’? [closed]

I would like to know the why and when the 'passive voice' is used instead of the 'active voice' in English. The following definition did not help me very much. passive voice the voice ...
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Active to passive voice conversion and vice versa [migrated]

I have to convert the following sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa: A) Most insomnia is caused by stress. B) Health chiefs have voiced concerns that Britain is fast becoming a ...
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Imperative constructions in the passive voice

There are certain uses of the Imperative that are in Passive voice. But the only examples I can think of are vulgar. The obvious one is "Get f***ed!" Then there's "Get stuffed", "Get lost" etc. I'm ...
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Can we say, “People should be made admire the winners”? [closed]

We can say: "I'll make the people admire the winners", but can we make it in passive voice? Is it possible to say:"People should be made admire the winners"? Thanks in advance
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Phrasal verbs in the passive voice

I was trying to think of some test for whether a verb/preposition combination is a phrasal verb or not, and I though of one, then immediately realised it was useless. If you turn the combination into ...
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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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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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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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Identifying the subject in passive voice

What is the subject in: "In the City's Square mile are squeezed 400,000 workers" Would love to get detalied explanation. Many Thanks!
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Can someone be “chosen voluntarily”? Does it make sense to you?

"The students were chosen voluntarily for the study". I saw this phrase in an article and it made me wonder. The author clearly means that the students voluntarily participated in the study, but has ...
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Active followed by passive voice

Smith is lying there watched patiently by Jones. Am I right that this is two clauses, and that the second is a dependent clause in the passive voice? Should there be a comma between them, and if so ...
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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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Impersonal / personal passive

Just need some clarification on this sentence.. We know that customs officials confiscated ten foreign passports last week. Ten foreign passports are known to have been confiscated last week (...
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Have vs Have been

If Jim had taken Sandra to a romantic film, she wouldn't have been so frightened. If I hadn't missed the train, I wouldn't have been late. If she had known the address, she would have been able to ...
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“got engaged” vs. “became engaged”

On the one hand, During the course of the summer, Esther got engaged. sounds weak and informal. On the other hand, During the course of the summer, Esther became engaged. sounds weird, ...
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“substitute” in active/passive voice

How come the following sentences have the same meaning when they have different voices? I can be substituted for John. (Passive) I can substitute for John. (Active) They both mean "I can replace ...
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“done” as an adjective

Why does the following sentence seem odd? The project is done and decent. Can't done as an adjective be used in harmony with other adjectives in a sentence because it can suggest a passive voice?
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The phrase “be opposed to something” has the same meaning of “oppose something”. How can it be possible?

The phrase oppose something means "to disagree with something and try to prevent it from happening", which makes me think X is opposed means X is what someone disagrees with and tries to prevent from ...
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Passive and past tense

I have to write an abstract which present my research and results. Do you think the following sentences are right in terms of tense and using of passive together? 1."It has been observed that the ...
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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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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct? [duplicate]

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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Can I use 'do' ('did') for emphasize main verb in phrase in passive voice?

So, can I use something like this: This issue did be fixed. instead of this: This issue was fixed. ?
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Verb confusion whether to use active or passive [closed]

Which of the following is correct? computer games designed to involve many players or computer games were designed to involve many players I assume the latter one is correct. Can anyone explain ...
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The first person to land on the moon was Neil Armstrong. What type of sentence is this?

The subject and the object are changed around, so I think it is passive voice. If the sentence is correct, then is this correct: The engineer to fix the problem is Arnold.
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The fire finally got/was got under control [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? The fire finally got under control. The fire finally was got under control.
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Passive voice with the verb in front

Is it possible to write a sentence in English with the verb before the passive subject? If so, please provide examples.
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Can you “do” Science? [closed]

My kid told me recently, she "likes to do science" at school. Though happy about her interests developing into the right direction, I was irked by the phrase itself. I don't think, science can be done,...
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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 “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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Changing active into passive [closed]

What is the passive voice of the following sentence: Has anybody done all the work? Could you please explain in detail how this is done?
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Indirect object? Direct object? In active voice? In passive voice?

The following sentence has an active voice verb and an indirect object (IO) me and a direct object (DO) book: "Jeff gave me a book." As I understand, a passive voice verb comprises (1) a form of the ...
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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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Past perfect progressive/continuous tense in the passive voice [duplicate]

Here's the hypothetical situation ... Our CEO (Joe) was coming to visit our office from out of town, and he wanted to see a report that we had been preparing for him. At the time of his visit, ...
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finish, is finished, have finished

Could you help me about this question? I am confused about how to use "finish" with "when". For example: When your class is finished, could you wait for me at the bank? When your class ...
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What is right way to say in passive voice? [closed]

I have two variants: I want my money to be refunded back to my credit card. and I want my money are being refunded back to my credit card. What is right variant?
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How to analyse the nominal group “the man employed by your company”?

Does it involve the embedded clause "the man [who is employed by your company]" shortened through ellipsis? And if so, is there are rule for dropping the the verb "to be" when using the passive voice?
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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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Can a single sentence have both active and passive voices?

Can a single sentence have both active and passive voices ? Keep everything under 2 pages for now to help readability for me Am I right to say the part to help... is in passive voice?
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Was/were comes with 2nd form or first? [closed]

How was is used in sentences with first form or with second ? For example what is correct: I was not fractured ? or I was not fracture ? Similarly in another example: I was failed or I was fail ? ...
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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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“Unwanted events happened”

"Unwanted events happened" couldn't be an example for passive because there's no objective in the sentence, it's just like this example, "the child cried", because "happen" is an intransitive verb. ...