Unit 4.1

Modal Verbs in Passive Voice

Modal Verbs

The passive form expresses the idea of something or someone receiving an action or experiencing a particular event or effect. {see Passive Structure, B1 level}

A modal verb is a type of auxiliary (helping) verb that has no meaning on its own but it modifies the main verb, changes its meaning and gives more details about action.

We can use passive voice with modal verbs too.

The present form of the passive structure of modal verbs is:

  • Affirmative: Object + modal verb + be + past participle + …
  • Negative: Object + modal verb + not + be + past participle + …
  • Interrogative: Modal verb + object + be + past participle + …?

The past form of the passive structure is:

  • Affirmative: Object + modal verb + have been + past participle + …
  • Negative: Object + modal verb + not + have been + past participle + …
  • Interrogative: Modal verb + object + have been + past participle + …?

The future form of the passive structure is:

  • Affirmative: Object + modal verb + be + past participle/being + past participle + …
  • Negative: Object + modal verb + not + be + past participle/being + past participle + …
  • Interrogative: Modal verb + object + be + past participle/being + past participle + …?
  • Your accessories may be stolen by thieves.
  • Your accessories may not be stolen by thieves.
  • May your accesories be stolen by thieves?
  • A nice garden could have been obtained by maintenance.
  • A nice garden couldn’t have been obtained by maintenance.
  • Could a nice garden be obtained by maintenance?
  • He will be given a short-sighted glasses by the doctor.
  • He won’t be given a short-sighted glasses by the doctor.
  • Will he be given a short-sighted glasses by the doctor?

We can use also modal verbs in passive structures.

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