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 voice - which to use?

In my software, if for some reason the installation fails, I want to display a message. Which of these is correct? Some problem occurred. The installation cannot proceed. Some problem ...
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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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Personal passive

I read an article at grammarbank , and understood that when we want to make personal passive for all of tenses we use "is thought (seen,said,...)" or "are thought (Seen,said,.. )", but after that, ...
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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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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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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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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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“based on” usage

I'm a little bit confused when I use a sentence like "It is divided based on glasses of milk". I'm not sure that it is used as an adverb or in the passive voice? Thanks.
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Is there an intransitive verb with a passive meaning in English?

Is there an intransitive verb with a passive meaning in English? More than one example is also welcome.
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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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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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Simple past passive voice

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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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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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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“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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It is conducted since 1996 as a republican festival biennially in one of the villages

Can we say (especially in AmE) "is conducted", not "has been conducted"? Thank you!
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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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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 http://random-idea-...
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Shown doing: is it the grammatical passive?

I encountered this sentence today. The man is shown robbing the store. It is perfectly clear that this sentence is in passive form. However, if I reconvert it back to the active form, the ...
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Passive voice. Past Continuous or Present Perfect?

Nothing (was)/(has) ever heard of David. I think that correct answer is "has" because it's result. But in the answer section it's said that correct option is "was". Which one is correct and why? ...
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Passive voice with functional verbs

Basically, which is correct and why? fire is attempted to start fire is attempted to be started
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How could the sentence “always put safety first” be expressed in a passive voice?

Should it be something like "The safety must be put first" or is there some other commonly used form for this sentence?
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He is believed to (Passive)

What is grammatically right? A famous athlete is believed to be hurt on a road accident last night. A famous athlete is believed to have been hurt on a road accident last night.