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I have a question about active and passive voice [duplicate]

I find the standard examples of active and passive voice on, say, Purdue Owl to be pretty obvious. For example, "He kicked the ball" versus "The ball was kicked by him." For the examples, Someone was ...
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Can anyone prove this sentence is in the passive voice? [duplicate]

I don't believe it is, so I'd like the experts to chime in (I'm well versed in the passive, but thought maybe I'm missing some fine point familiar only to Ph.D's in linguistics). The sentence in ...
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What is it called “are + past tense” [duplicate]

I'm reviewing English grammar from the beginning, so I have a very basic question. I want to know what it is called when we use "are + past format" in a sentence. In example: They are normally ...
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What is the difference between “the door opened” and “the door was opened”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "the door opened" and "the door was opened"? Are there subtle differences?
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Does starting a sentence with “it is” make it passive? [duplicate]

Suppose I say: It is foolish to lick a metal pole. Is this in the passive voice? Would this sentence be better as: To lick a metal pole is foolish. How about: Licking a metal pole is ...
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How to use passive voice in a sentence? [duplicate]

And as he ate it, she looked at him steadily. In this sort of grammatical constructions, "she" works as a subject of the sentence with active voice. Now, consider a sentence which I read in The ...
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Why is the passive form “He was determined” used in this sentence? [duplicate]

I found a sentence in this link: He was determined not to complain in the presence of the nurse. I got confused. Was the man controlled by other people? Why the passive form? Why not: He ...
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Present perfect or present perfect continuous with a participle? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what tense (or tenses) are involved when you have a participle with "to be." Examples: Ballet is performed in the theatre. Decorum is maintained in the ballroom. English is ...
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How reliable is to be + past participle to identify passive voice? [duplicate]

I am trying to write a software that can identify simple variants of passive voice in an english sentence. I found multiple resources that state that to be + a past participle is an indication that ...
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Does a gerund always end with “-ing”? If so, why?

After asking what the difference is between a gerund and a participle, I began to wonder if all gerunds end with -ing, since I couldn't think of any that didn't. If they do, why?
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Ambiguity of “Lindsey told Jessica that she had cancer”

Lindsey told Jessica that she had cancer. Who had cancer? Is there any rule in English to claim it definitely?
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Is “Let's get started” passive voice or not?

Is the idiomatic expression 'get started' (as in "Let's get started") a passive construction? Or is 'started' here an adjective? EDIT As John Lawler has suggested in his answer, let's not get ...
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The real tense of “I'm going to be talking about”

I just listened to a video in which the speaker said "I'm going to be talking about....". Can we change that to "I'm going to talk about..."?
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Is this in passive voice? + what are reasons for ever using passive?

Is the following sentence passive? (context: referring to the second dictionary entry definition for the word 'spiritual') This second usage of spiritual I do not approve of. I believe that ...
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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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