Unit 4.1

Passive Voice of Verbs

Verbs - 2 minutes

Introduction

The passive form expresses the idea of something or someone receiving an action or experiencing a particular event or effect.

Form

By using the tenses of the auxiliary verb to be and the past participle of the main verb we can form passive forms.

We can use the passive structure in every tense:

Example

  • She must wear helmet in the construction area. > Helmets must be worn in the construction area.
  • We completed the project on time. > The project was completed on time.

Use

We use the passive verb forms when we want to give importance to the object that undergoes the action.

Summary

The passive form expresses the idea of something or someone receiving an action or experiencing a particular event or effect.

We form the passive forms with the auxiliary verb to be and the past participle of the main verb. We can use the passive form in all the verb tenses:Present Simple, Present Perfect, Past Simple, Past Perfect, Future Simple, Future Perfect, Present Continuous and Past Continuous.

For example:
— Active form: “We  completed the project on time.” = We is the subject of the active sentence.
— Passive form: “The project was completed on time.” = The project is the subject of the passive sentence. Was completed is in the passive voice.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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