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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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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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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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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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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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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'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 ...
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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.