Passive and Active Form

Passive and Active Form

We use the active form to say what the subject does.

We use the passive form to say what happens to the subject.

Sometimes when we use the passive we do not know who did the action.

Sometimes we know who did something but it is not as important as what was done.

Often we use the passive to bring the topic we are interested in to the front of the sentence.

Notice that the correct form is ‘ I was born’ (not ‘I am born’.

Notice that the passive of ‘doing’ is ‘being done’.

When things happen or change, and especially in informal English, you can use ‘get’ instead of ‘be’ in the passive.




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