Passive voice in real english

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  • 1. Passive voice in real English I’ll try to show that the passive is not something that teachers have invented to torture students…
  • 2. SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT
    • Bicycles will be removed if (they are) locked to these railings
    • [Active: We will remove bicycles if you lock the bycicles to these railings]
  • 3. SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT
    • Dogs must be kept on a lead
    • No ball games (are) allowed.
    • (The) use of bicycles, motor cycles or mopeds (is) forbidden.
  • 4. SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT
    • [Active: You must keep all dogs on a leash]
  • 5. SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT
    • You will be asked to prove (that) you are over 18.
    • [Active: we will ask you to prove (that) you are over 18]
  • 6. SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT
    • They have arrested five athletes in Catalonia (and) they have accused them of distributing nandrolone and other doping substances to runners.
    • According to Cadena SER radio, at least five athletes have been arrested in Catalonia, accused of distributing nandrolone and other doping substances to runners.
  • 7. (You can still see a section of the Roman city walls inside Tower Hill station) SIGNS ON THE UNDERGROUND:
  • 8.
    • (Some people think that the ghost of actor William Terris haunts Covent Garden station)