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  • The passive voice – all tenses

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct passive voice forms for each gap below.

    1 The new chemical when it exploded.

    2 How could you insult the manager? You fired.

    3 She of everything.

    4 When I opened the cupboard, I saw that all the cookies

    5 You to be so late if you worked for me.

    6 After he insulted the referee.

    7 A new restaurant in our street next week.

    8 The question at the meeting.

    9 The car isn't  there anymore. It stolen.

    10 He about the decision and got angry.


  • The passive voice with the different tenses

    In a passive sentence, the object of an active sentence becomes the subject. Then we have to use the verb be in the tense we need and add the past participle of the main verb after it. In a passive voice sentence, the subject is the receiver of the action, not the doer of the action.

    • They take the photos in Africa. (active)
    • The photos are taken in Africa. (passive)

    You can see how to use the passive voice with different tenses below.
    The passive voice – all tenses

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    When do we use the passive voice?

    In English, we us the passive voice when we don’t know, or we don’t want to talk about who or what does the action in a sentence. Check the following examples.

    • A bank was robbed yesterday. (=We don’t know who robbed the bank.)
    • He was arrested last night. (=It’s obvious that the police arrested him.)
    • I have been told that you insulted my brother. (=I don’t want to say who told me.)
    • Jurassic Park was filmed by Spielberg in 1993. (=I’m talking about Jurassic Park and not about Spielberg.)
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