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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Overuse of the verb “to be” and reference to the “deity form”

Several decades ago, I remember a humorous but insightful story or article about the verb "to be" in English, referring to it as the "deity form" if I remember correctly. I suspect it was on National ...
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What's with the passive present perfect progressive?

I was taught that we made passive voice using be + the participle of the main verb, without changing the verb tense. E.g., I send letters. (present simple) Letters are sent. (present simple ...
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“When needed”: Passive voice or adjective?

I've just read this sentence: ...As long as they have their own independent lives and help out only when needed, mothers-in-law can play a very useful role in any family... My question is about ...
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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?