The Passive Voice and Example Sentences

English The Passive Voice and Example Sentences

The Passive Voice and Example Sentences


Tense Active Passive
Present simple Reporters write
news reports
News reports are written by reporters
Present continuous Michael is baking a brownie A brownie is being 
baked by  Michael.
Past simple The company hired
new workers last year.
New workers were 
hired by the company last year.
Past Continuous The salesman was 
helping the customer when the thief came into the store.
The customer was 
being helped by the salesman when the thief came into the store.
Present perfect They have already discussed the book. The book has already 
been discussed.
Past perfect He
had delivered the letters.
The letters had been 
delivered.
Future simple The company will hire new workers. New workers will be 
hired by the company.
Infinitive She has to deliver the letters. The letters have to be delivered.
Modals She must deliver
the letters.
The letters must be 
delivered.

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