Grammar Lessons: Passive Voice

Passive Voice Explanation

Passive Voice

The passive voice is used to show interest in the person or object that experiences an action rather than the person or object that performs the action.

Passive  Voice Examples using Different Tenses and Modals

 Tense or ModalActive voicePassive Voice
Simple PresentTom writes a letterA letter is written 
Simple PastTom wrote a letterA letter was written 
Present ProgressiveTom is writing a letterA letter is being written
Past ProgressiveTom was reading a letterA letter was being read
Present PerfectI have seen a ghostA ghost have been seen
Past PerfectI had seen a ghostA ghost had been seen
FutureI will fix the carThe car will be fixed
WouldI would fix the carThe car would be fixed
ShouldI should do thisThis should be done
CanI can do thatThat can be done
Could I could cook thatThat could be cooked
MustI must make a cakeA cake must be made
MayI may fix the PCThe PC may be fixed
MightI might sell my carMy car might be sold

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