How it’s
made the
passive voice
By Juan Peracho
Troncón
USE OF THE PASSIVE VOICE
When you use the active voice, you are indicating that the agent
(the one who initiates the actio...
FORM OF THE PASSIVE VERB
Subject + finite form of to be + Past Participle

Example: Water is drunk by
everyone.
EXAMPLES
Present simple : am/are/is + participle verb.
Example: The fish is eaten for the children.
Future: auxiliary will...
MODALS VERBS
Can: express an ability, suggestion or request.
Example: They can learn how make the lunch.

Must: express an...
HOW CHANGE THE SENTENCE ACTIVE
IN SENTENCE PASSIVE
When rewriting active sentences in passive
voice, note the following:
t...
EXAMPLES
ACTIVE

The kitchen
is cleaned
every day.

They clean
the kitchen
every day.

PASIVE
EXAMPLES
ACTIVE

The last
orange was
eaten

John ate the
last orange.

PASIVE
EXAMPLES
ACTIVE

This
problem
was solved.

We can
solve this
problem.

PASIVE
EXAMPLES
ACTIVE

Dinner will
be made by
Jhon.

Jhon will
make
dinner.

PASIVE
EXAMPLES
ACTIVE

Car was
invented by
Nicholas Joseph
Cugnot

Nicholas Joseph
Cugnot was
who invented
the car.

PASIVE
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How it’s made the passive voice

  1. 1. How it’s made the passive voice By Juan Peracho Troncón
  2. 2. USE OF THE PASSIVE VOICE When you use the active voice, you are indicating that the agent (the one who initiates the action) is the most important part of the sentence. If the object of the action is the most important part of the sentence, that’s when the passive voice becomes your ally. Passive voice can be used to indicate that your readers should be paying attention to the object of the sentence instead of the agent.
  3. 3. FORM OF THE PASSIVE VERB Subject + finite form of to be + Past Participle Example: Water is drunk by everyone.
  4. 4. EXAMPLES Present simple : am/are/is + participle verb. Example: The fish is eaten for the children. Future: auxiliary will + verb to be + participle verb. Example: The house will be bought by Ema. Future: am/are/is + going + verb to be + participle verb. Example: I’m going to be made redundant next year. Past simple: was/were + participle verb. Example: They were invited for to lunch. Present perfect: Have/has been + Participle verb. Example: I have been finished my homework. Past perfect: Had been + participle verb. Example: The email had been sent for teacher.
  5. 5. MODALS VERBS Can: express an ability, suggestion or request. Example: They can learn how make the lunch. Must: express an obligation or Certainty that something is true. Example: She must to English class to learn speak in English. Should: expess Opinion / Advice. Example: You should go to English class.
  6. 6. HOW CHANGE THE SENTENCE ACTIVE IN SENTENCE PASSIVE When rewriting active sentences in passive voice, note the following: the object of the active sentence becomes the subject of the passive sentence the finite form of the verb is changed (to be + past participle) the subject of the active sentence becomes the object of the passive sentence (or is dropped)
  7. 7. EXAMPLES ACTIVE The kitchen is cleaned every day. They clean the kitchen every day. PASIVE
  8. 8. EXAMPLES ACTIVE The last orange was eaten John ate the last orange. PASIVE
  9. 9. EXAMPLES ACTIVE This problem was solved. We can solve this problem. PASIVE
  10. 10. EXAMPLES ACTIVE Dinner will be made by Jhon. Jhon will make dinner. PASIVE
  11. 11. EXAMPLES ACTIVE Car was invented by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot Nicholas Joseph Cugnot was who invented the car. PASIVE
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