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Passive voice

  1. 1. Juan Fco Blesa
  2. 2. The passive sentence ACTIVE VOICE Active Subject Active Verb Direct Object Robert gave a coin by Passive Verb Passive Subject Agent PASSIVE VOICE was given by
  3. 3. <ul><li>Subject : Person or object that suffered/enjoyed the results of an action. (Persona u objeto que sufre o disfruta los resultados de una acción. </li></ul><ul><li>The verb &quot; to be &quot; in the tense the action ocurred . (El verbo to be en el tiempo que ocurrió la acción.) </li></ul><ul><li>The Past Participle of the verb that represents the action itself. (El participio de pasado del verbo que representa la acción.) </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever complements that verb needs. (Los complementos que el verbo necesite.) </li></ul><ul><li>In a few special cases we can also use by + the agent . (En algunos casos usaremos el complemento agente introducido por la preposición by) </li></ul><ul><li>We can only have passive sentences from transitive verbs, never with intransitive verbs. (Solo podemos hacer oraciones pasivas de verbos transitivos y nunca de verbos intransitivos) </li></ul>Structure of the sentence
  4. 4. Structure of the verb TENSES EXAMPLES Present Simple Pigs are often used to find truffles Present Continuous My house is being redecorated at the moment Present Perfect I have never been given flowers on my birthday Past Simple This picture was painted by Picasso Past Continuous When I saw him he was being followed by the police Past Perfect She was angry because she had already been told three times Future Simple When you get there everything will be finished Going to - Future They are not going to be easily convinced Conditional Simple You would be punished if they found out Conditional Perfect If you hadn’t told them would I have been invited ?
  5. 5. to BE gives us the tense of the action (be en el tiempo de la acción) the principal verb is always in Past Participle (El verbo principal no lo encontraremos siempre en pasado de participio) THE PASSIVE VERB to BE (in the active tense) + Past Participle (main verb) ACTIVE PASSIVE She wants an ice-cream An ice-cream is wanted He sent a letter A letter was sent We will buy a new car next week A new car will be bought They have been cutting the grass The grass has been being cut
  6. 6. <ul><li>Highlight the action more than the subject who makes the action. </li></ul><ul><li>Resaltar la acción más que al sujeto que la realiza. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They built this house in 1944. / This house was built in 1944. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When the agent is unknown or we don’t want to mention it. </li></ul><ul><li>Cuando el sujeto que realiza la acción es obvio, o desconocido, o no se lo quiere nombrar. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish &quot;SE&quot; : </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Se venden pisos: Flats are sold </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish &quot;Ellos/as&quot; omitted : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Le dieron un beso a Pepita: Pepita was given a kiss </li></ul></ul></ul>When do we use it?
  7. 7. <ul><li>To make the object of the active verb more important </li></ul><ul><li>Para hacer el objeto del verbo activo más importante. </li></ul><ul><li>America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus </li></ul><ul><li>When the description of the agent is very long </li></ul><ul><li>Cuando la descripción del agente es muy larga. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A charity record has been made by many famous names in the world of pop music. </li></ul></ul>When do we use it?
  8. 8. The passive sentence ACTIVE VOICE Active Subject Active Verb Direct Object Indirect Object Robert gave a coin Tom to by Direct Object Passive Verb Passive Subject Agent PASSIVE VOICE was given by
  9. 9. <ul><li>Si una oración tiene dos complementos, ponemos como sujeto el primer complemento que vaya detrás del verbo en activa, sea el directo o el indirecto. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They will send some books to Pam / Some books will be sent to Pam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They will send Pam some books. / Pam will be sent some books. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Si el complemento indirecto es un pronombre, hay que cambiarlo a la forma de sujeto. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She showed me her new house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I was shown her new house. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Esta pasiva se suele utilizar con los verbos ask, give, lend, pay, offer, promise, sell, send, show y tell , que llevan el doble complemento: directo e indirecto. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>1/ They built this house in 1466 </li></ul><ul><li>2/ This house was built in 1466 </li></ul><ul><li>1/ Channel islanders speak French & English </li></ul><ul><li>2/ French & English are spoken by Channel islanders </li></ul><ul><li>1/ This book will change your life </li></ul><ul><li>2/ Your life will be changed by this book </li></ul>Examples
  11. 11. <ul><li>1/ They have cut the grass </li></ul><ul><li>2/ The grass has been cut </li></ul><ul><li>1/ My mother is going to give me a present </li></ul><ul><li>2/ I am going to be given a present by my mother </li></ul><ul><li>1/ Susan wrote an e-mail to him </li></ul><ul><li>1/ He was written an e-mail by Susan </li></ul>Examples
  12. 12. <ul><li>1/ They can’t answer your question </li></ul><ul><li>2/ Your question can’t be answered </li></ul><ul><li>1/ Someone had to take her to hospital after this </li></ul><ul><li>2/ She had to be taken to hospital after the crash </li></ul><ul><li>1/ They shouldn’t allow the children to do these things </li></ul><ul><li>2/ The children shouldn’t be allowed to do these things </li></ul><ul><li>1/ Someone must tell him if we want him to know </li></ul><ul><li>2/ He must be told if we want him to know </li></ul>More examples
  13. 13. <ul><li>HAVE/ GET something done : Arranging for or paying for somebody to do something for you. (Get is more informal). </li></ul><ul><li>(Esta estructura tiene un sentido pasivo, pues </li></ul><ul><li>el nombre que va en medio recibe la acción </li></ul><ul><li>del verbo que va en participio) </li></ul><ul><li>They cut his hair </li></ul><ul><li>He had his hair cut </li></ul><ul><li>They cleaned her carpet </li></ul><ul><li>She got her carpet cleaned </li></ul><ul><li>They has mended our car. </li></ul><ul><li>We have had our car mended </li></ul><ul><li>They translated their book. </li></ul><ul><li>They had got their book translated </li></ul>More passive stuff HAVE + Object + Past Participle
  14. 14. <ul><li>Verbs like: Believe, Think, Consider, Say, Report, Know, Expect, Feel, Understand, Find </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introductory IT is used (It introductorio) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is said that he started the fire. </li></ul><ul><li>(Se dice que el empezó el fuego) </li></ul><ul><li>It is thought that she doesn't live in London </li></ul><ul><li>(Se piensa que ella no vive en Londres) </li></ul><ul><li>It was known that the King is coming tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>(Se sabía que el Rey viene mañana) </li></ul>More passive stuff IT + passive verb + complete subordinate sentence without changes
  15. 15. <ul><li>Verbs like: Believe, Think, Consider, Say, Report, Know, Expect, Feel, Understand, Find </li></ul><ul><li>It is said that he started the fire (action in the Past) </li></ul><ul><li>He is said to have started the fire (Infinitive Perfect) </li></ul><ul><li>It is thought that she doesn't live in London (Present) </li></ul><ul><li>She is thought to live in London (Infinitive Present) </li></ul>More passive stuff Subordinate subject + verb passive + subordinate active verb in INFINITIVE.
  16. 16. <ul><li>GET is used instead of BE with passive meaning. Informal English. </li></ul><ul><li>I got stuck in a traffic jam </li></ul><ul><li>She is getting married </li></ul><ul><li>After NEED / WANT the -ing form can be used with passive meaning </li></ul><ul><li>This job needs doing </li></ul><ul><li>That room wants cleaning </li></ul>More passive stuff

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