Sunday, September 11, 2011

Passive without "by"

Construction of the Passive Voice without "By"

The structure of the passive voice is very simple:

subject + form of "to be" (is or are) + main verb (past participle)

The main verb is always in its past participle form.

Look at these examples:

subjectauxiliary verb (to be) main verb (past participle) 
Wateris drunkby everyone.
100 peopleare employedby this company.
Iam paidin euro.
Wearenotpaidin dollars.
Arethey paidin yen?

We use the passive when:
  • we want to make the active object more important
  • we do not know the active subject
Now practice: 

What questions do you have?

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