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Passive voice formula: the verb TO BE (in the appropriate tense) + past participle (of the main verb)
Here are some examples of passive voice used with different tenses.
The present simple: Many things are produced in China
The present continuous: My watch is being repaired at the moment
The present perfect: The task has been carefully prepared
The past simple: The webinar was prepared by the teacher
The past continuous: The webinar was being prepared during some time
The past perfect: The cake has been eaten before I came home
The future tense: The exam will be passed successfully
With modals (can be, would be, should be, may be, must be): The forms of the verb “TO BE” must be memorized
The passive voice is used:
Passive: Napa Valley is known for its excellent wines.
Active: [Many people] know Napa Valley for its excellent wines.
Passive: My laptop was stolen.
Active: Someone stole my laptop.
Ten civilians were killed in the bomb explosion.
The laptop was broken. (If you want to avoid saying “I broke the laptop”)
Passive: Chocolate is made of cocoa beans.
When we know who the subject is, we put it at the end with by. We call this an agent.
Passive: The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. (agent =Leonardo Da Vinci )
Active: Leonaro Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa
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