Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 13, 2013

Grammar Guru

Passive Voice

Passive voice can sometimes be a little tricky when you first are learning it. The emphasis in passive voice is placed on the object instead of the subject so it changes the word order and also the form of the verb you are using.

For example, instead of saying “Someone stole my car!” (this is active voice), you could say “My car was stolen!” (this is passive voice).

Passive Voice Grammar

The passive voice is used when focusing on the person or thing affected by an action.

  • The Passive is formed: Passive Subject* + To Be + Past Participle (*the passive subject is the object from the active voice sentence)The house was built in 1989.
  • It is often used in business when the object of the action is more important than those who perform the action.For Example:

    We have produced over 20 different models in the past two years. Changes to: Over 20 different models have been produced in the past two years.

  • If the agent is important (the person, company or thing that does the action) , use “by”For Example: Tim Wilson wrote “The Flight to Brunnswick” in 1987. Changes to:“The Flight to Brunnswick” was written in 1987 by Tim Wilson.
  • Only verbs that take an object can be used in the passive voice.

(Some of the above is adapted from:

Now let’s practice by playing passive voice basketball!

passive basketball


Play Passive Voice Basketball!!!


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