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ACTIVE VOICE VS PASSIVE VOICE
It illustrates a sentence where the subject performs the action that stated by the verb.
Form: SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT.
- I am drinking tea.
- He played cricket.
- They will help you.
In contrast, passive voice is describe a sentence in which the subject receives an action.
- Tea is being drunk by me.
- Cricket was played by him.
- You will be helped by them.
- Cases where no passive form exists
Present perfect Continuous: She has been writing a letter.
Past perfect Continuous: He had been cleaning the house.
Future Continuous: I will be filing all the documents tomorrow.
Future Perfect Continuous: I will have been serving tea for customers at this hotel for twenty years by then.
- The chart below includes all tenses that are used in passive voice.
Maria reads the poem.
The poem is read by Maria.
is being read
Maria is reading the poem.
The poem is being read by Maria.
Maria read the poem.
The poem was read by Maria.
was being read
Maria was reading the poem.
The poem was being read by Maria.
will be read
Maria will read the poem.
The poem will be read by Maria.
has been read
Maria has read the poem.
The poem has been read by Maria.
had been read
Maria had read the poem.
The poem had been read by Maria.
will have read
will have been read
Maria will have read the poem.
The poem will have been read by Maria.
would be read
If Maria had the poem, he would read it.
If Maria had the poem, it would be read by him.
would have read
would have been read
Maria would have read the poem if he had had it.
The poem would have been read by Maria if he had had it.
to be read
Maria wants to read the poem.
The poem wants to be read by Maria.
- If the given sentence in the active voice is in the imperative form, to get the passive voice use ‘Let’.
Formation of Passive Voice = Let + Object + be + Past Participle
- Active: Help me.
- Passive: Let me be helped.
- Active: Open the door.
- Passive: Let the door be opened.
- Helping verbs like am, is, are, was, were, will, have, should, could, will
If the question begins with a Helping verb the Passive voice must also begin with a suitable helping verb.
- Act: Are you writing a letter?
- Passive: Is a letter being written by you?
- Act: Will you write a letter?
- Passive: Will a letter be written by you?
- What, When, Who, Why, How
If the question begins with ‘Wh’ or How’ form (what, when, how, etc.) the Passive Voice must begin with the same. Only ‘who’ gets replaced by ‘By whom’.
- Active: Why did you break the box?
- Passive: Why was the box broken by you?
- Active: Who broke the window?
- Passive: By whom was the window broken?
- Gerund, Infinitive
When used in passive form, gerund and Infinitive are formed differently.
Infinitive: passive is formed as ‘to be + past participle’
- Act: I want to shoot the tiger.
- Passive: I want the tiger to be shot.
Gerund: passive is formed as ‘being + past participle’
- Act: I remember my father taking me to the theatre.
- Passive: I remember being taken to the theatre by my father.
Direct and Indirect Object
If a sentence contains two objects namely Indirect Object and Direct Object in the Active Voice, two forms of Passive Voice can be formed.
- Act: She brought me a cup of coffee.
- Passive: (I) I was brought a cup of coffee by her.
- Passive: (II) A cup of coffee was brought to me by her.
- Cases where ‘by’ is not used
With: use with in place of ‘by’ to talk about an instrument used by the agent/subject.
- Act: Somebody hit the dog with a stick.
- Passive: (I) The dog was hit by with a stick.
- Passive: (II) The dog was hit by a boy.
- Changing an Imperative Sentence into the Passive
Sentences which express request, order, advice, suggestion, prohibition etc., are called imperative sentences.
The imperative sentence in the passive voice has the following structure:
Let + object + be + past participle verb
When the active voice begins with do not, the passive voice has the following structure:
Let not + object + be + past participle verb
In some sentences it is possible to put not after the object or be.
Examples are given below:
- Active: Bring it home.
- Passive: Let it be brought home.
- Act: Do it at once.
- Passive: Let it be done at once.
- Act: Do not beat the dog.
- Passive: Let the dog not be beaten.
- Act: Let me do it.
- Passive: Let it be done by me. OR Let me be allowed to do it.
You can begin the sentence with you if you want to put emphasis on the person addressed to.
Examples are given below:
- Active: Please help me.
- Passive: Let me be helped.
- Passive: You are requested to help me.
- Act: Don’t touch it.
- Passive: Let it not be touched.
- Act: You are warned not to touch it.
The passive form has to begin with you, when the object of the verb in the active voice is not given.
- Act: Work hard. (No object)
- Passive: You are advised to work hard.
- Act: Get out. (No object)
- Passive: You are ordered to get out.
More examples are given below:
- Active: Please lend me some money.
- Passive: You are requested to lend me some money.
- Active: Kindly do this work.
- Passive: You are requested to do this work.
- Active: Get me a glass of water.
- Passive: You are ordered to get me a glass of water.
- Active: Let us go for a walk.
- Passive: It is suggested that we should go out for a walk.
Note that suggest is followed by a -that clause and not an infinitive.
- Sentences with modals
- Active: You ought to respect your parents.
- Passive: Your parents ought to be respected by you.
- Active: You should learn your lessons.
- Passive: Your lessons should be learned by you.
In sentences where God is invoked the passive voice will be as follows:
- Active: May God bless you!
- Passive: May you be blessed by God!