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The Passive Voice

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Transcript of The Passive Voice

THE PASSIVE VOICE
Uses
1. It emphasizes the action or what is done.
Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911.

2. When you don't know who did the action.
A man was run over just on the corner.

3. When the doer may not be important.
Icpna's logo was changed last year.

4. When the doer is too obvious to be mentioned.
Spanish is spoken in Peru.

5. When you don't want to mention who the doer is.
I know that my chocolate was eaten.
By
1. To mention the doer or agent of the action.
Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham.

2. When it's necessary because it concerns new information.
In the end, she was convinced to get married by her father.

3. When it's the name of the creator, inventor, author or someone famous or important.
ET was directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. When it's surprising information.
That song was composed by a 5-year-old girl.
We use it for services arranged.

I should
have
the laptop
fixed
soon.

I'll
get
my family photo
taken
at the studio

I
got
the kitchen window
replaced
yesterday
Passive Causative
The teacher gave the
The teacher gave
the students

three copies
.

IO

DO

The teacher gave
three copies

to the students
.

DO

IO


Three copies
were given to the students by the teacher.

DO


The students
were given three copies by the teacher.

IO
Passive

Direct and Indirect Objects
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