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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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aim of thesis vs thesis aims [closed]

I came across the sentence using aim in the active voice with an inanimate subject: "this thesis aims". I would like to ask whether it is the appropriate usage or "the aim of the thesis ...
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about will tense [migrated]

Is the following sentence passive or not? You will be ready to go. If yes, why doesn't the ready word in the past participle form? If not, why doesn't the ready word come with -ing? Thanks in advance.
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In “He is easy to take care of,” is “He” the subject, the object, or both?

This is a passive construction, correct? I feel the missing piece of the puzzle is “He is easy to take care of (by or for babysitters/parents/etc.)” My brain is doing a bit of a loop because ...
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The verb "mark" with events in time

The 19th century was marked by the abolition of slavery. The 19th century marked the abolition of slavery. Which is correct? The meaning is that the abolition of slavery was an important event in the ...
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Passive structure with gerund [closed]

I was asked to convert the following active sentence into passive: I admit taking the money without permission from his mom. My first suggestion was: It is admitted that the money has been taken ...
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Before proving or before being proven [closed]

Today I encountered this sentence. Before him being proven guilty, everybody thought that he was innocent. But I think there is another way to write it easily. Please correct me if I am wrong. ...
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Passive voice verbs vs. Adjectives

Adjective or verb passive form?? In the sentence We teach our children that everyone is entitled to respect and dignity is 'entitled' more likely an adjective or a verb? A similar question appeared ...
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Perfect Continuous Passive Participle Clause?

Having been being lost in the woods for hours, he was finally found by emergency services. Does this mean: After he had been being lost in the woods for hours, he was finally found by emergency ...
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"A letter is written to inform" vs "A letter is written to be informed" [closed]

I write a letter to inform him I want to convert this sentence into the passive voice. But then wrote down these three sentences. I can't understand the difference between these sentences. Can anyone ...
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Passive voice with ditransitive verb, which is the patient?

If I were to make the following constructions, how would I label the parts of the sentence using passive voice terminology? Alice seems to be the agent in both these constructions, but which is the ...
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Utilize the active voice in sentences when an actor is undefined [closed]

I am writing the technical documentation that describes some actions to be done. For example: The new sewer water line may be connected to the old one in room A546 or to the new one in room A549. I ...
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descend from vs be descended from

Merriam-Webster gives two examples on the usage of "descend from" vs "be descended from" in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/descend%20from . The plants descend from a ...
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I’m going to make sure the federal government does [what's needed to be done] in Kentucky

This is the first sentence from President Biden's tweet: I’m going to make sure the federal government does what’s needed to be done in Kentucky. By the emboldened phrase, I think he means "...
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Could you please help and explain to me how to correct the seemingly incorrect passive voice sentence pattern?

Could you please help and explain to me how to correct the seemingly incorrect passive voice sentence pattern? I would prefer it if we could be sat next to a window.
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"Given are ..." or " ... are given" - what is the difference between these two?

Also I want to know what voice was used in "Given are ...". Was it passive voice? Example: Given are two tables referring to criminality in Britain. & Two tables referring to ...
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Why passive voice is not used here? [closed]

Basketball has not only become a popular sport to play , but it has also become a popular sport to watch. I found the sentence above in a textbook. I'm wondering why passive voice is not used here? ...
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“Who are you known to”

My English teacher asked me to construct the passive voice of the sentence "Who knows you?". Then, I could immediately make up the sentence "To whom are you known?". My English ...
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How to make these sentences passive: 'People believe that Jenkins is the culprit.' and 'People believed that Jenkins was the culprit.' [closed]

How to make these sentences passive? 'People believe that Jenkins was the culprit.' and 'People believed that Jenkins was the culprit.' I know it is Jenkins is believed to have been the culprit. ...
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Multiple errors found VS multiple errors were found [duplicate]

I'm writing a website where people can enter data and I want to show an error message if the data is incorrect. I am debating whether the error should be "multiple errors found" or "...
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can we use preposition "by" with past participles used as adjectives to give similar meaning of preposition "by" used with passive voice sentences?

I know that in passive voice sentences, "by" can be used to imply one making the action. For instance, He was attacked by a lion. A lion attacked him so "by" shows the one making ...
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Is a report used to report, or does a report report? Active vs passive

PASSIVE VOICE - The Random Name Report (RANAR) is used to report the randomness and effectiveness of names. vs. ACTIVE VOICE - The Random Name Report (RANAR) reports the randomness and effectiveness ...
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Books have(been) sold [duplicate]

I read somewhere the following sentence "My! ... all the books have sold." Is the above sentence correct? As books are the objects here, they don't sell themselves. Someone(Subject) must ...
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Do these sentence have adjective of verb 3 instead of passive simple present tense (buried, closed, defeated, published)?

Most of my family are buried near my home. The case is dismissed. I am defeated. Nothing left to look forward to and nothing left to hold on to. Your first question is published. What I have realized ...
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What's the passive form of "I have been learning English for 5 years"? [closed]

Is it "English has been being learned for 5 years" Or "English has been learned for 5 years" The first one sounds awkward and the second one implies (to me at least) that the ...
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Is "Inequality (1) infers" correct? (as in "Inequality (1) holds/follows")

I'm aware verbs like "hold" or "follow" can be used in the following way: Inequality (1) holds. Inequality (2) follows from the fact that... However, I've recently seen the verb &...
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Passive voice non-existent in the active

III. Passive, to be concerned. This occurs in some senses which are non-existent or obsolete in the active; in other senses it is much more used than the active. https://www.oed.com/oed2/00046215 Are ...
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Verbs that can be used as both passive and active in the same form - how to determine if a verb is a such one? [duplicate]

Some English verbs can be used in the same form in both active and passive meaning. E.g.: (active) I change the world - (passive) the world changes (i.e is being changed). (active) I open the door - (...
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Passive using the "be" verb: "is been" [closed]

So an impossible thought came to my mind. I'd like to know if there's any way to have an "is" in a passive tense. It's probably just a result of broken translation, but I'll try to lead you ...
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Converting a sentence from passive voice to active voice [closed]

I wish to convert a sentence written in the passive voice to that of the active voice. The sentence is in a covering letter for a job. Here it is: "I am experienced in reviewing, drafting, and ...
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Is it possible to omit 'to' from the following sentence, 'This letter was sent to him yesterday.'?

Is it possible to omit 'to' from the following sentence? This letter was sent to him yesterday. I mean, This letter was sent him yesterday. Is it ok without 'to' ? If grammatically possible, ...
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Is it possible to put an intransitive verb in passive voice? [closed]

My teacher told me that we can't convert intransitive verbs like 'walk' into passive voice when there is no object present. For example: He walks every day. But I think we can convert this by saying:...
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Is the passive constructed correctly: "The city will have been being locked down for 15 days from tomorrow"? [duplicate]

That is what I learned from grammar books. "I go to the cinema tomorrow" means I am scheduled to go there at that fixed time “I am going to the movies tomorrow” means I bought the ticket (...
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When is 'get' interchangeable with 'be' and do we use 'have' only when it has a causative meaning?

Get In (1) we can interchange was with get and thus we have (2). However, this is not only the case as in (3), we cannot use get instead of is, like in (4). How can we tell whether is interchangeable ...
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“Statues carved in a row”

Overseas ESL students were asked to transform a sentence into passive voice. One gave an unexpected answer, and their teacher consulted with me. Original: The people of Rapa Nui carved huge statues ...
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Active or Passive sentences [duplicate]

Grammarly flags passive sentences for consideration to be changed to active as default. Why is this? Is there a rule advising active rather than passive when writing? Does it apply to certain types of ...
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How to understand the grammar of "strength were granted me"?

I find the following sentence from a translation of Proust's In search of lost time: But at least, if strength were granted me for long enough to accomplish my work, ... I want to understand it ...
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How to use "cry after" in passive form?

I intend to say "They would cry after me (my death).". Here is the sentence: "I didn't know how to live my life, yet I would be cried after so damn good." Is this correct? If not,...
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In the following sentence, how many places with passive voice are there?

Consider the sentence: The matter reported by the news is prohibited by the law. "is prohibited" is passive voice here, but what about "reported by the news"? Is it passive voice ...
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Use of "too much" in passive voice verb structure

I encountered this passive voice sentence in a textbook: "He was influenced too much by Japanese fashion." My understanding is that the words "too much" are functioning as an ...
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Is to be + verb-ing passive voice?

I am a university student. I submitted an essay and a professor told me I should avoid passive voice with examples. But some of those examples sounded weird to me. When I asked the professor about ...
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Can linking verbs be used instead of BE in passive voice?

The window was broken. The window got broken. The window seemed broken. The window ended up broken. All these sentences look like passive voice examples to me. But I have only found terms "...
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Is "be parented to" grammatically correct?

When "parent" is used as a transitive verb, it should be grammatically correct to use "be parented by" as in the examples in the following pages: https://www.lexico.com/definition/...
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not able to or not allowed to

Can we use not able to instead of not allowed to in the following context/sentence? Not being able to leave the house (lockdown restrictions) has an upside which is...
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Recommended: passive + to-infinitive

Fowler’s Dictionary supports examples like the following in the passive, but not their active counterparts The committee is being recommended to approve the proposals However, it says about double ...
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What is “what” in “what has been called“?

Climate change is thus a prime example of what people have called a "social ecological system" with factors from different domains interacting on different spatial and temporal scales. The ...
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Passive use of "mete" without the accompanying "out" [duplicate]

Given the sentence: It is no surprise that his loyal lapdog will be meted a similar fate. Can the above be considered correct use of the word "mete", and is the overall grammar of the ...
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“By whom” vs. “By who” with passive modal for forming questions

Consider this sentence: Children should be taught appropriate behavior by their parents. If We want to question the actual doer of the action (their parents), are these correct? By whom should ...
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"Is / was / has been / had been used" in a statement

I'm confused whether I should use are or were or have been or had been in the following statement when describing the use of language in a passage In paragraph 6, detailed adjectives ____ used to ...
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Difference between this two sentences

I was reading an academic paper, and this sentence came up: This matrix is not easy to be estimated exactly Why the author has chosen this form, in some sense convoluted because it contains three ...
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'Ordered' + object + past participle

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, page 852 reads The construction ordered + object + past participle (often expressed in the passive) is first recorded in 1781 in AmE ( These things were ...
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