The passive and Active voice forms,tenses,examples in all English Tenses By Mr.Zaki Badr

All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr
All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr
In this article, I'm to tell you all you need to know about the passive voice in English grammar:

  • The passive voice forms in different tenses examples
  • How to form the passive voice examples
  • Active voice vs Passive Voice  examples




All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr
All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr

All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr
All about The passive voice in English Grammar By Mr.Zaki Badr

Active and passive voice
Active and passive voice

Use 1  of Passive

Passive voice is used when the focus is on the action. It is not important or not known, however, who or what is performing the action.
Example: My bike was stolen.


In the example above, the focus is on the fact that my bike was stolen. I do not know, however, who did it.
Sometimes a statement in passive is more polite than active voice, as the following example shows:
Example: A mistake was made.
In this case, I focus on the fact that a mistake was made, but I do not blame anyone (e.g. You have made a mistake.).


Use 1 of Passive
 when the main topic of the sentence isn’t who did the action.
Ex:-
Television was invented in the 1920s by John Logie Baird.
The main topic here is television – we aren’t particularly interested in ‘who’.
Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
In English we tend to put the most important thing at the start of the sentence.


Use 2 of Passive

..more in written English than in spoken English.
War and Peace was written by Tolstoy.
You often see the passive in textbooks.
The mixture is heated to 500˚C.
Scientific texts especially use the passive.


Verb to be in all tenses
The verb to be in all tenses

How to use the passive?  passive form


How to use the passive?  passive form
How to use the passive?  passive form


Form of Passive
Subject +  verb to be + Past Participle (3rd column of irregular verbs)

Example: A letter was written.
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)


Form of passive in present simple and present continuous
Form of passive in present simple and present continuous

Form of passive in past continuous and past simple tenses
Form of passive in past continuous and past simple tenses

Form of passive in present perfect and present perfect continuous
Form of passive in present perfect and present perfect continuous 

Form of passive in the past perfect and past perfect continuous tenses
Form of passive in the past perfect and past perfect continuous tenses


Form of Passive in the future simple and future simple continuous tenses
Form of Passive in the future simple and future simple continuous tenses

Form of Passive in the future perfect tense
Form of Passive in the future perfect tense

Form of passive in all English tenses 

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