The Passive Voice

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I have just finished compiling the mother of all the passive voice posts. I am sure this is plenty and will satisfy every single craving that you may have for this grammatical point. Make sure that you read it all and scroll all the way down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have 🙂 🙂 🙂

Conjugation for the Passive Voice

We can form the passive in any tense. In fact, conjugation of verbs in the passive tense is rather easy, as the main verb is always in past participle form and the auxiliary verb is always be. To form the required tense, we conjugate the auxiliary verb. So, for example:

  • present simple: It is made
  • present continuous: It is being made
  • present perfect: It has been made

Here are some examples with most of the possible tenses:

infinitive to be washed
simple present It is washed.
past It was washed.
future It will be washed.
conditional It would be washed.
continuous present It is being washed.
past It was being washed.
future It will be being washed.
conditional It would be being washed.
perfect simple present It has been washed.
past It had been washed.
future It will have been washed.
conditional It would have been washed.
perfect continuous present It has been being washed.
past It had been being washed.
future It will have been being washed.
conditional It would have been being washed.

This link will help you with your modal verbs. Click on the pic for an explanation and exercises.


We use the active form to say what the subject does. For example:

  • I speak English every day at work.
  • I repaired the flat tire on the car.

We use the passive form to say what happens to people and things, to say what is done to them. For example:

  • English is spoken here.
  • The car is being repaired.

We use the passive form when we don’t know who did the action. For example:

  • The car was damaged while it was parked on the street.
  • The shirts were made in Turkey.

We use the passive form when what was done is more important than who did it. For example:

  • It was approved by Gerry last week.
  • I was informed by the Human Resources Manager only two days ago.

The passive voice is often used in formal or scientific texts:

  • A great deal of meaning is conveyed by a few well-chosen words.
  • Our planet is wrapped in a mass of gases.
  • Waste materials are disposed of in a variety of ways.

Here you have somem exercises to help you practise further 🙂




And MORE!!!

Exercises on Passive (Form)

Exercises on Passive (Active → Passive)

Exercises on Passive (Active or Passive)

Grammar in Texts

Tests on Passive




Comments on: "The Passive Voice" (1)

  1. Reblogged this on EoipiedralavesJupiter and commented:

    And some stuff about the passive voice! Good Lord! 🙂

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