By Juan Peracho
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
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
FORM OF THE PASSIVE VERB
Subject + finite form of to be + Past Participle
Example: Water is drunk by
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.
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
Should: expess Opinion / Advice.
Example: You should go to English class.
HOW CHANGE THE SENTENCE ACTIVE
IN SENTENCE PASSIVE
When rewriting active sentences in passive
voice, note the following:
the object of the
becomes the subject
of the passive
the finite form of the
verb is changed (to
be + past participle)
the subject of the
becomes the object of
the passive sentence
(or is dropped)
John ate the
be made by
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