For example:

The car is driven by my a friend of mine.


The car is drove by a friend of mine.

Which one is correct?

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    Always use the past participle for passive forms.
    – Anonym
    May 6 '14 at 18:43
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    Is this "common knowledge", or "general reference", or whatever it's called here? Does it matter? May 6 '14 at 19:08
  • @John Lawler General Motors? May 6 '14 at 20:28
  • General Motors was omnipresent during the Iraq war.
    – Erik Kowal
    May 6 '14 at 20:58
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    Yes; it was way after Ford's administration. May 6 '14 at 21:16

is drove is just wrong.

is driven by is awkward.

You probably should use is being driven by, was driven by, has been driven by, or had been driven by.

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    As usual, context can make it less awkward-sounding: [Policeman]_You say that these are your company's vehicles. Who usually drives them? [Helper-w-enquiries]_The truck is driven by my father. The car is driven by a friend of mine. James May. He'd never break the speed limit, officer. May 6 '14 at 20:35
  • @Edwin: And the likelihood that the asker is in such a situation compared to one of the many situations where my suggestions would be applicable? (And I did say probably)
    – Ben Voigt
    May 6 '14 at 21:18
  • That's better asked over on maths (where someone would say about 0.01). But I'm addressing the English connected with OP's question rather than the likely lack of idiomaticity. is driven by would rarely be used. May 6 '14 at 21:30
  • Edwin got it right, that was the sense. May 7 '14 at 12:14

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