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THE PASSIVE
VOICE
Whe n do w e us e it?
When the agent is unknown

Flats are sold
Anne was given a kiss
When the agent is not important

The house can be visited between 8 and 14.
When we want to give importance to the object of the active voice

America was discovered in 1942 by Columbus
The passive is used more in writing and formal speech, such as
public information (rules, signs, brochures …) and media reports.

Cycling is not permitted in this area.
Bookings can be made online.
HOW TO FORM
PASSIVE VOICE
Someone

cleans

the streets every day

The streets are cleaned every day

VERB CHANGES:
TO BE + PAST PARTICIPLE
(same verbal tense of the active sentence)
Columbus discovered America in 1492
America was discovered by Columbus in 1492
VERB CHANGES:
TO BE + PAST PARTICIPLE
(same verbal tense of the active sentence)
We

have elected

A new President

has been elected (by us)

They
The match



are playing
is being played

a new President

the match on Saturday
on Saturday (by them)

If the object is a pronoun, make sure to change it to a subject pronoun:

me  I him  he her  she
I bought him a present.
He was bought a present.

them  they

us  we
TENSE

ACTIVE

PASSIVE

Present Simple

I make a cake

A cake is made

Present Contin.

I’m making a cake

A cake is being made.

Past Simple

I made a cake.

A cake was made.

Past Continuous

I was making a cake.

A cake was being made.

Present Perfect

I have made a cake

A cake has been made.

Past Perfect

I had made a cake.

A cake had been made.

Future Simple

I will make a cake.

A cake will be made.

Future be going to

I’m going to make a cake. A cake is going to be made.

Modal

I must make a cake.

A cake must be made.

Modal Perfect

I should have made a
cake.

A cake should have been
made.


Never use (do, does or did) with the
passive voice.
They didn’t sell all the tickets for the concert.
All the tickets weren’t sold.
We do not give lesson on public holidays.
Lessons are not given on public holidays.


If there is a preposition with the verb,
do not forget it.

Sue looks after the children.

The children are looked after by Sue
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER


When you also want to mention the person or people that did the
action use by.

“The new art exhibition was opened by the Queen.”
VERBS WITH TWO OBJECTS
bring, give, ask, pay, sell, offer, owe, show , tell, send, lend, leave,
promise, take, teach, throw, write

They gave Susan a prize.
Susan was given a prize.
A prize was given to Susan.

If the verb has two objects, we usually use the person as the subject
in the passive.
No one gave me any directions.
I wasn’t given any directions.
GET is used instead of BE with
passive meaning. Informal English.
 I got stuck in a traffic jam
 She is getting married
After NEED/WANT the -ing form can
be used with passive meaning
 This job needs doing
 That room wants cleaning
Verbs like: Believe, Think, Consider, Say, Report, Know, 
Expect, Feel, Understand, Find
 Active: They say that he started the fire
 Active: They think that she doesn't live in London
 Active: We knew that the king is coming tomorrow

Passive with “introductory IT”
It is said that he started the fire
It is thought that she doesn't live in London
It was known that the King is coming tomorrow

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Passive grammar powerpoint

  • 2.
  • 3. Whe n do w e us e it? When the agent is unknown Flats are sold Anne was given a kiss When the agent is not important The house can be visited between 8 and 14. When we want to give importance to the object of the active voice America was discovered in 1942 by Columbus The passive is used more in writing and formal speech, such as public information (rules, signs, brochures …) and media reports. Cycling is not permitted in this area. Bookings can be made online.
  • 4. HOW TO FORM PASSIVE VOICE Someone cleans the streets every day The streets are cleaned every day VERB CHANGES: TO BE + PAST PARTICIPLE (same verbal tense of the active sentence) Columbus discovered America in 1492 America was discovered by Columbus in 1492
  • 5. VERB CHANGES: TO BE + PAST PARTICIPLE (same verbal tense of the active sentence) We have elected A new President has been elected (by us) They The match  are playing is being played a new President the match on Saturday on Saturday (by them) If the object is a pronoun, make sure to change it to a subject pronoun: me  I him  he her  she I bought him a present. He was bought a present. them  they us  we
  • 6. TENSE ACTIVE PASSIVE Present Simple I make a cake A cake is made Present Contin. I’m making a cake A cake is being made. Past Simple I made a cake. A cake was made. Past Continuous I was making a cake. A cake was being made. Present Perfect I have made a cake A cake has been made. Past Perfect I had made a cake. A cake had been made. Future Simple I will make a cake. A cake will be made. Future be going to I’m going to make a cake. A cake is going to be made. Modal I must make a cake. A cake must be made. Modal Perfect I should have made a cake. A cake should have been made.
  • 7.  Never use (do, does or did) with the passive voice. They didn’t sell all the tickets for the concert. All the tickets weren’t sold. We do not give lesson on public holidays. Lessons are not given on public holidays.
  • 8.  If there is a preposition with the verb, do not forget it. Sue looks after the children.  The children are looked after by Sue
  • 9. OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER  When you also want to mention the person or people that did the action use by. “The new art exhibition was opened by the Queen.”
  • 10. VERBS WITH TWO OBJECTS bring, give, ask, pay, sell, offer, owe, show , tell, send, lend, leave, promise, take, teach, throw, write They gave Susan a prize. Susan was given a prize. A prize was given to Susan. If the verb has two objects, we usually use the person as the subject in the passive. No one gave me any directions. I wasn’t given any directions.
  • 11. GET is used instead of BE with passive meaning. Informal English.  I got stuck in a traffic jam  She is getting married After NEED/WANT the -ing form can be used with passive meaning  This job needs doing  That room wants cleaning
  • 12. Verbs like: Believe, Think, Consider, Say, Report, Know,  Expect, Feel, Understand, Find  Active: They say that he started the fire  Active: They think that she doesn't live in London  Active: We knew that the king is coming tomorrow Passive with “introductory IT” It is said that he started the fire It is thought that she doesn't live in London It was known that the King is coming tomorrow