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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:

Katy Perry

Home Repair

Food-Waste Restaurants

Crazy Stupid Love

Man On - Bryan Jordan of the LA Galaxy

Crazy Heart

Naked and Afraid

Food Allergies

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United States

This is my favorite tense. Passive Voice ..what can be easier?

Really, I do not understand why most people find Passive voice to be problematic. It is easy – in passive voice stress is put on the recipient of the action rather than the performer. All you need to have is to be + V3/ed .
Anyway, when I get order at paper writing services to correct the grammar, I am very happy to help students with it.

03:19 AM Feb 23 2017 |


Dominican Republic

The work was done before his eyes.

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I was allowed to walk up to the skybridge.

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The packages will be dropped off in store by delivery tomorrow morning . Manager was lied off yesterday because he could not able to control his staffs

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The ball was kicked by a boy

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sahra was being kicking a ball. The ball was kicked very hard by sahra .i was punished  something i did not do. my mobile was lost.

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My English still needs to be improven, that’s why my time is spent on this forum. I want my English exam to be passed by next May. But for that, my grammar book should already be opened.

01:24 PM Dec 08 2013 |




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