Active Or Passive | When To Use Passive Voice

We use passive structures when we want to talk about an action, but are not interested in stating who or what does/did it.

Some verbs can be used in both active and passive forms with similar meanings. Examples are: to worry/to be worried; to drown/to be drowned.

Sometimes active and passive infinitives can be used with very similar meanings.

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Active and passive voice

Choice of passive structures

Passive verb forms

Verbs not used in the passive

Passives: agents

Passives: verbs with two objects

Passives: sentences with infinitive and clause objects

Passives: verbs with object and infinitive

Passives: object complements

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