I found, in many literature, that a sentence has been started with "Use was made of". The complete sentence is like this: "Use was made of something"

What does it actually mean?


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It's just another way of saying

Something was used ...

In the above sentence, "used" is used as a verb. This sentence is in the active voice.

Whereas in the sentence in the question,

Use was made of something ...

"use" is used as a noun and the sentence is in the passive voice.

For a more elaborate explanation on active and passive voice, you can look up this guide from British Council.


Make use of is a transitive multi-word verb of the verbo-nominal class, is commonly used, and is often a more formal replacement for 'use'. It does also carry the sense of 'find something helpful / useful / convenient / fitting'.

We made good use of the money you gave us.

Make sense of is a similar MWV, but is resistant to passivisation

(??/* Sense was made of the instructions.)


Use was made of the ropes from the wreck in the building of a raft.

is far more acceptable.

  • I disagree that make use of is considered "more" formal, except by those who have mistakenly learned that verbosity imbues formality. Not my DV, by the way. Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 0:18

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