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The passive voice
We use the passive voice to focus people's attention to the important part of our message or when we don't know who or what carried out an action.
In this lesson you will learn how to use and make the passive form of active sentences, have fun!
Table of contents of this lesson: The passive voice
How to make the passive
Let's see how to make the passive form of a sentence.
The passive is made with the appropriate form of the verb BE + the PAST PARTICIPLE of the mai verb + BY + the thing/person that carries the action:
|Active sentence||Verb tense||BE + PAST PARTICIPLE||Passive sentence|
|I EAT AN APPLE||EAT = Present simple||IS EATEN||AN APPLE IS EATEN BY ME|
|WE WROTE A STORY||WROTE = Past simple||WAS WRITTEN||A STORY WAS WRITTEN BY US|
|THEY HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE||HAVE SEEN = Present perfect||HAS BEEN SEEN||THE MOVIE HAS BEEN SEEN BY THEM|