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Passive Voice

Sometimes you say things like, "My bike was stolen," or, "The boy was given a gift." But who stole my bike? Who gave the boy a gift? You aren’t sure. That’s why you use the passive voice, which emphasizes the person or thing an action was done to, not the one who did the action.

Passive voice is normally formed with to be + a past participle, as in, "Chris was hired yesterday." You can use the passive voice in any tense by changing the form of 'to be.' For instance, you can say, "My cookie was eaten" (past tense) or, "My cookie is being eaten" (present progressive tense).

When you want to include the one who performed the action in a passive voice sentence, you use the word 'by' after the verb. For instance, "Danny will be picked up by his mother today."

Sometimes, the verb 'to get' is used instead of 'to be,' as in "My sister got sick last night."

Passive Voice Grammar Quiz

  1. The same song many times.

  2. Quantum of Solace in many different countries.

  3. Many children by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

  4. Several speeding drivers by police officers recently.

  5. Kate Winslet an Academy Award.

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Passive Voice Lessons:

Give the Green Light

Revolutionary Road


Vintage Clothes

Home Repair

Katy Perry

Traffic Tickets

Quantum of Solace

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zeus2006Super Member!


These are also Passive:

-John is helped by Mary              (Simple Present)

-John is being helped by Mary      (Present Progressive)

-John hes been helped by Mary    (Present Perfect)

-John was helped by Mary             (Simple Past)

-John was beeing helped by Mary  (Past Progressive)

-John had been helped by Mary     (Past Perfect)

-John will be helped by Mary           (Simple Future)

-John is going to be helped by Mary ( go going to)

-John will have been helped by Mary (Future Perfect)

09:15 PM Feb 11 2009 |


zeus2006Super Member!


This is also passive Voice, and sometimes ''who'' is very important like this example :)

 ''Massage from Forever was written by Marlo Morgan''

By the way that book which name is Massage from Forever is very very nice and interesting(about Australian Aborigines). I recommend you all to read.

09:00 PM Feb 11 2009 |