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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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Passive to active voice , active to passive [closed]

"The project is expected to alleviate the on-going gas crises in the country" (the use of passive voice) as it will import 500 million to 1 billion cubic foot of gas daily through sea link. what ...
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Need+to be OR needed+to be [closed]

Which of the following full sentences is correct? Our voice needs to be heard by the media. Our voice is needed to be heard by the media. It sounds to me as if they are both the same ...
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Why using passive form 'in blogs/website-content' a bad idea?

Is it really grammatically wrong to use passive voice while writing content for blogs or a particular website? for instance This is a paid service and can be bought with the deal by using the ABC ...
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She was trapped and was shot or she was trapped and shot

I'm a little bit confused in the situation where we use two verbs in a passive voice sentence. So, should we omit the to be verb there or keep it. Thanks in advance !
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the use of “can be” in passive voice

I'm not a native English speaker and I see a sort of striking contradiction in the use of the expression in the passive voice something can/can not be + past participle e.g the ...
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Usage of received from

How would you construct the phrase "for those [follow-up items] that we have not received information back/on/from"? I don't know if this is grammatically correct, or if "received information from" ...
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“hard to distinguish” or “hard to be distinguished”?

Here is a phrase (slightly modified from the original) that I'd like to discuss. A) targeting small structures that are hard to distinguish I have no doubt that this will convey what it means, but ...
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“To be reviewed and approved”

Does the phrase "to be reviewed and approved by [someone]" indicate that the actor must take the specified actions (i.e., review and approve)?
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The meaning of causative 'have'

(1) He had a specialist examine his son. (2) He had his son examined by a specialist. About this pair, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 1236) says: we have equivalence ...
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Grammarly says that I have passive voice misuse. What is the issue?

Grammarly says that I have passive voice misuse. If I had been asked how the real love looks like, I would have answered- this way. What is the issue?
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Avoiding dangling prepositions when using the passive voice

I'm aware that many people say it is perfectly fine to end a sentence in a preposition. Let's just say that I accept that. However, a preposition should imply the existence of a prepositional phrase,...
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Is it correct to use passive voice in a dissertation? [duplicate]

I am writing a disseration which is focused on engineering and IT. Is it wrong to use passive voice? What is the best way to write such literature?
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colon + passive voice

I got a couple of scientific articles to check the use of the colon in context. So, I am confused with the use of the colon in the following cases: "The reason that IMRT and VMAT plans are different ...
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Need help in converting passive voice to active voice

I have the following sentences: A Struct's member can't be defined as abstract, virtual or protected. It is also called as Rectangular Arrays. I need to convert them into active voice. Can ...
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Correct construction for “easily protected against”

What I am trying to express is that I have a problem P and a good G and it is easy to protect G from P. However, G is not the focus of the sentence and P was described in the previous sentence. So I ...
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Passive Voice and Word Choice Misuse

I checked the sentences below for grammar issues at the Grammarly application. I got three notifications (two-word choice and passive voice misuse). I'm using the free version of the application and I ...
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The position of ‘constantly’ in “would be being used”

Personal computers first made their appearance in the home in the 1970s, but surely few people would have been able to imagine then that the home computer could evolve into the super-fast, super-...
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Correcting passive voice

I would like to be prepared for X. How can this sentence be improved to use active voice?
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Passive verb that means “to falsely declare someone to be a liar”?

I am looking for a single verb that means "to declare (one) a liar" or "to accuse (one) of being a liar" - a verb that can take an agent. For example, I could replace "was declared a lair" in the ...
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“Focus on” or “be focused on”: what're the nuances?

After viewing a couple of threads on the Internet, I found that both the legitimacy or the explanation of "focus on" (active voice form) and "be focused on" (passive voice form) seemed controversial. ...
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“I am a lover of…” vs. “I love…” What is the difference? [closed]

Specifically I'm wondering what the grammatical vocabulary is to distinguish between these two constructs. My motivation is that I generally prefer direct language like "I love..." and am irritated by ...
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Passive voice misuse for my sentence

I will be remembered as an individual who was kind, compassionate and always helped others. I checked my sentence on grammarly and it pointed out that this sentence has "passive voice misuse". Can ...
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About '' get injured '' and '' be injured '' [duplicate]

How do you use '' get p.p.''and"be p. p. "differently? For example" get injured "and" be injured". Is there any difference between them?
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Is right to say “when he was come down from the mountain”? [duplicate]

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. This is the quote from KJV Bible. I am doubted why to say "he was come down". I felt "he came down" is more proper ...
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…be very loved!

I am just wondering why the following construction would not be acceptable for a lot of speakers of the English language: Fiona was very loved among her classmates. Also, I am wondering if the ...
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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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Changing to passive voice [closed]

How do you change the sentence he and she will visit us soon to a passive voice
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Is it right to say “phone was rang”?

Recently I saw these two sentences in two different books So after dinner my cell phone was rang and it was Tom. (The Journey of Andrea: Make Sure You Live Your Life to the Fullest Before ...,By ...
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Convert active to passive

Need help converting this sentence to passive voice:- The students will assemble in the hall. I think it should be:- The hall will be assembled by the students. But it sounds like students are ...
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Passive to Active voice

Can someone explain why this sentence is considered passive voice. Also convert it to active voice. "The recruits are tested and qualified for the finals".
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She has been being mistreated

She is being mistreated. She has been being mistreated for five years. Is the second sentence grammatically correct? Or should the being been be contracted to just been? I. e. She has been mistreated ...
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The process by which Middle English developed… or WAS developed?

From an answer on Quora: "...the phrasal verbs are usually Germanic, and Germanic words in English are more often colloquial, whereas Romance words are more often formal. The colloquial/formal ...
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Passive or Active (Infinitive construction)

The task is to open the brackets: I don't want these rumours (to spread) around. As far as I can see, both "to spread" and "to be spread" are possible. What sounds more natural to you? Does "around" ...
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Passive Voice Sentences

Would like to know which of the below two are correct in the absolute sense. In Ukraine, martial law will be enforced from 28th November 2018 or In Ukraine, enforcement of martial law will be from ...
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“Want it to be ready” vs. “want it ready”

Comparing the following two statements: They want it ready by Monday. and They want it to be ready by Monday. is 'to be' in the latter redundant? Are both correct?
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Should we use [had been walking] or [had walking] in particular sentence [closed]

My hair was wet. I ______ in the rain. Which should I put in ? [had been walking] or [had walking] and why ? just I don't see any differences between both options.
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Changing the passive infinitive into the active voice

This problem has been bothering me for almost a week. I was hoping for that lightbulb moment but it's still dark in the attic, so here I am. In the English coursebook, MyGrammarLab Advanced C1/C2, ...
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Active or passive voice

Guests are unwelcome. Is it passive or active? The verb here is tranisitive and the guests aren't the one that unwelcomes.
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Active or passive

The blocks are well fitted. Is it Active or passive sentence? It seems active but I am not sure whether the verb fitted is tranistive or not
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How can I rewrite this sentence in the passive? [closed]

I have this sentence: "Are they setting up lights outside the stadium?" How can I rewrite it in the passive?
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to display/show vs to be displayed/shown

The user can choose which elements to display/show The user can choose which elements to be displayed/shown Which sentence is more correct? Is there any difference when using show or display.
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Can passive reduced relative clauses precede a head noun?

I have zero background in linguistics, so forgive me if this is trivial. The Wikipedia article for relative clauses claims that, with regard to the positioning of the relative clause, "English, for ...
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Passive form of “Dogs like to chase Cats”

I am unable to find the solution. A friend asked me this question What will be the passive of the sentence? "Dogs like to chase Cats"
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is “I've been scared of…” a passive sentence?

my teacher said the sentence "i've been scared of..." is not considered a passive voice. but I can't understand why (not sure if she was right about it). on the one hand, we have the "subject + have + ...
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“My eyebrows raised” or “my eyebrows rose”? (Passive voice)

The day before, as I watched the dog soar over the fence, my jaw dropped, and my eyebrows raised as I tried to comprehend how the dog could jump so high. My editor says "try to avoid passive voice" ...
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Change to passive voice

I want to convert this sentence into passive voice: Students of our school cast their votes to elect the school captain. Now, this has two options: A) Votes are cast by the students of our school ...
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“to be applied to” vs “to be applied”

I'm German and I'm reading the English language General Relativity lecture notes by my professor, who is also German. As I read I take notes and corrections to help him improve the notes whenever I ...
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Passive voice warning - grammerly

I'm currently writing my thesis and checking my grammar with Grammarly software. English isn't my first language and I'm always getting a warning saying the sentence is written in the passive voice ...
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“born by her” vs “borne by her” [closed]

Which is the correct word in the following? Two of the children borne by her were sent to the orphanage Two of the children born by her were sent to the orphanage
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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 ...