The Passive Voice in English

The Passive Voice in English




Passive Voice in English



A passive sentence consist of;

  • The subject
  • The verb to be in the correct tense.
  • The past participle of the verb needed.
  • Sometimes, the agent and/or other complements

Subject + verb + “to be” + Past participle

Example Sentences

  • The novel was read by Mom in one day.
  • This film wasn’t liked by no one.
  • The windows had been broken.

 

Active and Passive Verb Tenses

Tense Active Passive
Present simple Reporters write news reports News reports are written by reporters
Present continuous Michael is baking a brownie A brownie is being baked by  Michael.
Past simple The company hired new workers last year. New workers were hired by the company last year.
Past continuous The salesman was helping the customer when the thief came into the store. The customer was being helped by the salesman when the thief came into the sotre.
Present perfect They have already discussed the book. The book has already been discussed.
Past perfect He had delivered the letters. The letters had been delivered.
Future simple The company will hire new workers. New workers will be hired by the company.
Infinitive She has to deliver the letters. The letters have to be delivered.
Modals She must deliver the letters. The letters must be delivered.



Passive Voice in English

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