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THE PASSIVE VOICE: INTRODUCTION. It is used more in English than in Spanish. FORM: . Subject & "To Be" & Past Participle (verb root & -ed for regular verbs and the 3rd form of the irregular verbs “To Be” in the present: am/are/is “To Be” in the past: was/were. COMMON EXAMPLES:.

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the passive voice introduction

THE PASSIVE VOICE: INTRODUCTION

It is used more in English

than in Spanish

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FORM:
  • Subject & "To Be" & Past Participle (verb root & -ed for regular verbs and the 3rd form of the irregular verbs
  • “To Be” in the present: am/are/is
  • “To Be” in the past: was/were
common examples
COMMON EXAMPLES:
  • TV is seen all over the world.
  • Breakfast is served at 7.30 am.
  • Computers are used everywhere.
  • I am appreciated by my friends.
  • Oranges are exported from Spain.
  • English is spoken here.
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USES
  • RECIPES
  • GIVING AND ASKING FOR PRODUCT INFORMATION
  • NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
  • STATISTICS
chocolate cake
CHOCOLATE CAKE
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
chocolate cake in the passive voice
CHOCOLATE CAKE (In the passive voice)
  • The eggs, sugar and butter are beaten together.
  • The flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt are added to the egg mixture.
  • The milk is poured in and all the ingredients are mixed.
  • It is baked for 45 minutes in a moderate oven. (more examples: click here)
giving and asking for product information
GIVING AND ASKING FOR PRODUCT INFORMATION
  • Are videos made in Japan?
  • Is the car insured?
  • The doors were repaired last week.
  • The microwave was invented in 1945 by Percy Spencer.
newspaper headlines
NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
  • LONDON IS FLOODED
  • BANK WAS ROBBED
  • TAXES ARE LOWERED
  • GREAT DAMAGE WAS DONE
statistics
STATISTICS
  • Ten years ago, sewing machines were found in 70% of the homes.
  • Today, they are found in 45% of the homes.
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