The Passive
We use the Passive when we do not know who did
an action or when it is not important to say who did
it.
1. Forming the Passive
In the passive, the object of an active verb becomes
the subject of the passive verb:
Active: We is...
Form of the passive:
be + past participle
+ past participle
Active Passive
simple presentThe scientist clones the sheep. T...
Rewrite the following active
sentences in the passive.
1) Most countries have banned human
reproductive cloning.
Human rep...
Rewrite the following active
sentences in the passive.
2) No one can reduce parenting to some new
lifestyle choice.
Parent...
Rewrite the following active
sentences in the passive.
3) People should not do it lightly.
It should not be done lightly.
Rewrite the following active
sentences in the passive.
4) People are unlikely to halt the global march
of ever-more-exotic...
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The passive voice copy english 212

  1. 1. The Passive We use the Passive when we do not know who did an action or when it is not important to say who did it.
  2. 2. 1. Forming the Passive In the passive, the object of an active verb becomes the subject of the passive verb: Active: We isolate infected patients. Passive: Infected patients are isolated (by us). subjectsubject objectobjectverbverb SubjectSubject verbverb agentagent OnlyOnly transitivetransitive verbs are used in the passive. It is notverbs are used in the passive. It is not possible to usepossible to use intransitiveintransitive verbs (such as happen,verbs (such as happen, sleep, come, seem) in the passive.sleep, come, seem) in the passive.
  3. 3. Form of the passive: be + past participle + past participle Active Passive simple presentThe scientist clones the sheep. The sheep is cloned by the scientist present progressive The scientist is cloning the sheep. The sheep is being cloned by the scientist. present perfect The scientist has cloned the sheep. The sheep has been cloned by the scientist. simple past The scientist cloned the sheep. The sheep was cloned by the scientist. past progressive The scientist was cloning the sheep. The sheep was being cloned by the scientist. past perfect The scientist had cloned the sheep. The sheep had been cloned by the scientist. simple future The scientist will clone the sheep. The sheep will be cloned by the scientist. be going to The scientist is going to clone the sheep. The sheep is going to be cloned by fut. perf. The scientist will have cloned... The sheep will have been cloned...
  4. 4. Rewrite the following active sentences in the passive. 1) Most countries have banned human reproductive cloning. Human reproductive cloning has been banned by most countries.
  5. 5. Rewrite the following active sentences in the passive. 2) No one can reduce parenting to some new lifestyle choice. Parenting cannot be reduced to some new lifestyle choice.
  6. 6. Rewrite the following active sentences in the passive. 3) People should not do it lightly. It should not be done lightly.
  7. 7. Rewrite the following active sentences in the passive. 4) People are unlikely to halt the global march of ever-more-exotic forms of reproductive technology. . The global march of ever-more-exotic forms of reproductive technology is unlikely to be halted.

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