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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How many forms can “I avoid telling him” be in passive voice? [migrated]

i need to find out how many forms can "I avoid telling him" be in passive voice, and is it correct to say, "Telling him is avoided" in terms of signifying the process of (telling) informing him?
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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 ...
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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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Which sentences are correct and which aren't from the following, incorporating get/be or without? [closed]

Can the speaker omit get or be from the sentence when reporting their having witnessed a certain event or action when which affected someone or something using the passive? Such as here: "I watched ...
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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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Active passive: little strokes fell great oaks [closed]

Answer: According to wren and martin: great oaks are felled by little strokes Why answer cannot be : great oaks are fall by little strokes
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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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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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What's the “textbook” way to write a passive sentence with a phrasal verb?

So, I understand that the prohibition against ending a sentence with a preposition was only ever a myth, and isn't a rule we need to follow. Still, it was a rule I was taught in school, so presumably ...
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'The thing is done with' tense

In need some help describing this writing style: A procedure can be written as "The bowl is washed with water, then....." or "The bowl was washed with water, then...." The second version is third ...
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Rebuilt/ Being rebuilt/ Having rebuilt/Having been rebuilt?

I have a question and really need your help! _____ a short time after the civil war, Atlanta has become the principal centre of transportation and commerce and finance in the south-eastern US. ...
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Passive version of “process” (verb)

The context is programming, if you're wondering. It's pretty straightforward to tell a Processor to Process something, but I wonder what you would tell the Processee. Is there some verb that means ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Proper usage of passive voice in the literature survey of scientific article

I want to write following sentence in the literature survey of scientific research paper in the Mathematics field. Author A and B proposed a convergent iterative method for computing matrix ...
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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What is the difference between “broke” and “was broken”?

What is the difference between "broke" and "be broken" in the following? The pot broke as I kicked it. The pot was broken as I kicked it.
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What is the grammar structure of “have been”

could you please tell me, what is the grammar structure of this tense: I have been back from the trip I talked about.
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What are the passive form of these sentences?

They were listening to the instructions carefully I need a paint brush The shops were always very busy The vicar heard the news The vicar grew old He stood near the door wearing a black robe He lived ...
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Converting impersonal reporting verbs from active to passive

I have a question regarding impersonal reporting structures. The task is to complete the second sentence beginning with Bob as a subject so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence: ...
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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 ...