The 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
- 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
|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.|