The subject of a verb in passive voice is the recipient of the action, and would be the object if the verb were active.

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“Your order has shipped”

I ordered a CD from an online music store. My confirmation email reads "your order has shipped." English is not my first language, and this strikes me as odd. Shouldn't it be a passive-voice sentence, ...
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Is this a passive construction?

Take the medicine as prescribed. As there is no verb to be in this sentence, is it passive because it is implied? ..i.e., Take the medicine as (it was) prescribed.?
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Usage of passive forms without “be” verb [duplicate]

I will very grateful if you can help me understand the following issue: As I understand, the next two sentences are interchangeable and have the same meaning: 1) Acts that are done by humans are not ...
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passive Vs active or omission of 'which is'

What is the part of speech of 'regarded' in "a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems" (http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/poetry). ...
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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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Usage of “being” in “I am always afraid of being bitten”

Does anybody know what 'being' means in the below statement? I don't like dogs. I am always afraid of being bitten. Why is being used in this statement? It looks like a passive statement, but if ...
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Cohesion and Flow: Passive Sentence Creating Better Flow?

I was reading a presentation and found the passage below. I still don't understand how the passive voice (first sentence) causes the sentence to flow better. To me, the second sentence sounds better, ...
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Passive or Past perfect?

a) The train was left by then. Or b) The train had left by then. Could you tell me which alternative is correct?
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Ambiguity about passive in my textbook

In my textbook, it said "In an active sentence we need to include the agent as subject; using a passive allows us to omit the agent by leaving out the prepositional phrase with by" Ex: ...
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I was embarrassed by you

When you say "I was embarrassed by you", is it ever possible for you to mean that "you embarrassed me"? In other words, is it possible to convey the passive voice by "I was embarrassed by you"?
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“meeting called to order” vs “meeting call to order”

Which do you think is more appropriate, "Meeting call to order" or "Meeting called to order" if it's used in a printed meeting program? As for now, the program looks like this: 13:45 [Doors open] ...
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Passive voice in this sentence

I am a bit confused about these sentences below. The word "encumbered" baffles me. "Encumbered" is usually used in passive sentences. I am not able to understand the agent in these following ...
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“compare” or “be compared”

Here is a sentence: We would like to import auto parts from your company on a regular basis, provided your prices compare favorably with those of others. Is the sentence right? I think the word ...
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Future Passive Progressive? [duplicate]

Does some future passive progressive tense exist, such as: He will be being interviewed by police." as a counterpart to the past passive progressive tense, such as: He was being ...
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they are being removed or they are removed? [closed]

which one is correct they are being removed from the black list? or they are removed from the black list? i want to use a passive sentence to express the removal of something from the black list. ...
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The use of refer to: Active or Passive? [closed]

Are the uses of the phrase 'refer to' as follows correct? The methodology in this research referred to UNESCO. The methodology in this research was referred to UNESCO. I believe what the writer ...