Questions tagged [passive-voice]

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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usage of can + make [closed]

I've faced a question and decided to ask here. Which one is correct? They can't speak good English, but they can make themselves ______ . a) understand b) understood c) understanding d) a and b ...
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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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To be v3 confusing usage [migrated]

I was scrolling through, and I confused when I saw this post, I dont understand Why " to be returned" used here. What tense is it ? What's that "to" for ? We see end of the cartoon'...
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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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To GIVE BIRTH in passive mode

I'd need help from native english people to understand if and how the verb "to give birth" can be used in a passive form. I have this phrase but I'm not sure it's ok. "They pray for ...
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Some doubt about the verb “meet”

Recently, I read Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and there is a sentence in the speech, which is "We are met on a great battlefield of that war.". And I wonder, Is the use of "...
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Beloved of somebody

OF 19. By: beloved of the family. https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=of What Part of Speech is beloved here then? What's its pronunciation?
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What is the technical name for this type of passive: “I am seen”

For example, I am seen, therefore I am The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2019 - Vol 40 Iss 2 - p196 or: I was seen entering the bank. I know that these are passive ...
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“Consent” in passive voice to refer to subject giving consent?

I noticed a usage I consider odd while copy editing, and I'm hoping someone can explain it. Here are two examples from published academic work: Participants were consented to the study between 13 ...
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Would you classify 'being + past participle' as passive or gerund?

Upon reading the English translation of Murakami's 1Q84, I've come across two sentences with the use of 'being' + past participle that I can't seem to be able to classify: It's all very painful - as ...
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Lain vs. Laid, Passive Voice vs. Participial Adjective

I understand the difference between the verbs lie and lay; however, things seem to become somewhat confusing in certain sentences. For example: "The books were laid/lain out on the counter." ...
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Passive Voice with intransitive verbs?

With a sentence like, "He sat on the couch," is sat still being used as an intransitive verb since, in general, prepositional phrases cannot act as direct objects? To me, the prepositional ...
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Help transforming a sentence from pasive voice to active voice

I have trouble using the active voice on some sentences. For example, The IOS version of the game will be developed using Swift. I know that the verb is developed and the subject is Swift, but I can't ...
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Is it correct to say, “The specimen was observed using a microscope.”

In scientific journals, we often find passive sentences like "The specimen was observed using a microscope" and "The specimen was observed by using a microscope." Are they correct? ...
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What is the passive voice of a sentence that is structured as 'past perfect' before 'simple past'

For example, how would the sentence below be expressed in the passive voice? I had completed all tasks before they arrived.
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Passive Voice Question [duplicate]

Is it? The car was stolen last night. or The car has been stolen last night. Also which of the following endings is correct? She bought a little cup which had been filled with butter/has been ...
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Being + P.P construct as progressive form of -ed participle or passive form

Regarding Being + P.P construct: In The Grammar Book it is described as Progressive: but the same construct in Cambridge Grammar of English is described as Passive: Which one is correct?
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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Ambiguity in meaning of experiential pseudo-passive and causative [duplicate]

Native speakers of English language, What meaning (s) do you infer from the following sentence? Bob had his child abducted. Does it mean: Bob did experience the abduction of his child. Bob paid ...
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Is participle clause commonly used in spoken English?

I have never heard a native speaker use sentence with participle clause such as ‘Thinking about her past, she cried bitterly.’; ‘Bitten by a snake, she died.’ in their day-to-day conversation although ...
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Is this sentence in the passive voice?

An estimated 5000 primates are kept as pets in the UK. is this sentence in the passive voice? If yes, how do I write it in active voice. Is this a present passive voice? Is there such thing? i have ...
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to omitted in passive structure

kindly check the sentence.''.....but tells Eddard about the Walkers first and asks that word be sent back to his mother.'' why there is no 'to' before "be sent"? I take it as a passive ...
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Is “there has not been” in the passive voice?

Example sentence: In Tahiti there has not been a cyclone for 12 years. Is this sentence in the passive voice? How can you tell? I believe it follows the syntax rule for passive voice: to be + past ...
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“I was returned something.”

Suppose I lend a game to my friend, John. After he returns it, I might say to someone else: I was returned my game (by John). I'm torn on the correctness of this. Specifying the agent makes it look ...
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Active vs passive voice

I am always in confuse with news heading and paragraph content. Here in this image the heading sentence seems in active voice and in paragraph it is in passive voice, the result is like the actor has ...
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The use of “that” in passive voice structure

For a publishing writing, I need to use "that" in a sentence which structured of passive voice. Is the following correct passive voice sentence ? The profiles of the velocity that is ...
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Please indicate to me which of the following is/are correct

Which one is correct? The water level in the well is high enough to reach. The water level in the well is high enough to be reached. I have searched on internet but couldn't find the answer.
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Adjective from verbs at active voice

In English, verbs can be conjugated both in the active and passive voice. It makes it possible to distinguish who is doing the action and who/what the action is done on/against. e.g. |-----------------...
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Clarity when it comes to active and passive voice

I have been using Grammarly for a while now. I have decided to work on the clarity of my writing. One thing that pops up often is the passive voice error. However, I find that the passive voice seems ...
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Passive tense difference between with be form and without be form [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences? Ex1: information requested to be confirmed information which is/was requested to be confirmed Please translate them into active voice Thanks
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Can you guys tell me which of these sentence is correct?

this is the procedures on my lab manual. I've always been wondering. which one is the correct one? If the weight loss of soil obtained is about <5% (m/m) per 24h, the "soil sample is removed&...
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Modal verbs with passive continuous [closed]

Project work might be being done. Is this correct?
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Passive Voice vs Passive Voice

I was studying about passive voice from some good websites but I am really confused with these two sentences. From grammarbank; Active: People say he was working very hard. Passive : He is said to ...
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Converting to passive voice [closed]

I use a lot of first person and second person when writing, like you, we, our, etc. However, I want to write strictly using passive voice. I noticed that I use the phrase, "we can", "we ...
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Is 'strongly used' possible in the sense 'used a lot', 'used intensively'?

Is 'strongly used'/'used strongly' standardly acceptable in the sense 'used intensively'? My intuition is that it is not, but I can't find a grammatical justification for my intuition. I want to stay ...

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