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Passive Voice

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Transcript of Passive Voice

THE PASSIVE VOICE Main uses of the Passive Voice 2.To emphasise the action or event rather than the agent. For example: 3 To avoid using you or one when making an impersonal statement. For example: FORM 1 In the active voice the normal order is Subject - Verb - Object. To make a sentence passive, the object must become the new subject and this must be followed by a passive form: 1.- When the person doing the action (the agent) is not know, or when it is unnecessary to mention the agent. For example: My car has been stolen! Letters are collected from the boxes, taken to the sorting office, sorted and then sent to the correct part of the country. Taking photographs in the museum is forbidden Active Subject Verb Object


Passive New Subject Passive form WHO has stolen my car?!? 2 The passive is formed with the different tenses of the verb to be followed by a past participle. Examples
Simple Present Active: Rita writes a letter.
Passive: A letter is written by Rita.
Simple Past Active: Rita wrote a letter.
Passive: A letter was written by Rita.
Present Perfect Active: Rita has written a letter.
Passive: A letter has been written by Rita.
Future Active: Rita will write a letter.
Passive: A letter will be written by Rita.

More examples Present Continuous Active: Rita is writing a letter.
Passive: A letter is being written by Rita.
Past Continuous Active: Rita was writing a letter.
Passive: A letter was being written by Rita.
Past Perfect Active: Rita had written a letter.
Passive: A letter had been written by Rita.
Future Perfect Active: Rita will have written a letter.
Passive: A letter will have been written by Rita.
Conditional Active: Rita would write a letter.
Passive: A letter would be written by Rita.
Conditional Perfect Active: Rita would have written a letter.
Passive: A letter would have been written by Rita.
Exercises Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable passive form. Don't forget to make any changes in word order.
Every year, forest the size of Wales (cut down) to make paper for use in Britain.
This painting (probably/paint) by Dali.
A new guidebook to the cathedral (write) at the moment.
The votes (count) by midnight?
Look at the signs below and write suitable captions for them using the passive voice. They have arrested the suspect.
Someone stole my bike last night.
We'll take a decision this week.
They deliver the newspaper every morning.
They were making the film when the director died.
They produce a lot of cheese in this region.
Write these sentences in passive voice. Exercises
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