Form: a form of the verb ‘to be'(used to change the tense) + past participle
|Tense Active Passive|
|Present simple I make dinner. Dinner is made (by me).|
|Present continuous I am making dinner. Dinner is being made (by me).|
|Past simple I made dinner. Dinner was made (by me).|
|Past continuous I was making dinner. Dinner was being made(by me).|
|Present perfect I have made dinner. Dinner has been made (by me).|
|P.p. continuous I have been making dinner. Dinner has been being made (by me).|
|Past perfect I had made dinner. Dinner had been made (by me).|
|Future simple I will make dinner. Dinner will be made (by me).|
|Future perfect I will have made dinner. Dinner will have been made (by me).|
The passive voice is used to change the focus of the sentence:
- The villain was played by Ralph Fiennes
To show that who or what causes the action is unknown or unimportant or obvious:
- My car has been stolen
In formal writing instead of using someone:
- The information will be disclosed next week.
Watch the video and practice the passive conversation questions below.
Conversation questions to practice passive
1) Have you ever been punished or made to pay for something that you did not do?
2) How would you handle integrating someone who had been frozen for 100 years into society?
3) How would your country change if children were allowed to vote?
4) Would civilization be better off if the internet had never been created?
5) Can you explain how glass is made?
6) What is the nicest thing that has been done for you?
7) Have you ever been awarded a prize?
8) What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?
9) What traditions are kept in your family?
10) What’s the most difficult question you have ever been asked?
11) Have you ever been hurt by someone you trusted?
12) What 3 global issues should be solved right now?
13) What’s the best present you’ve ever been given?
14) What are the most popular foods eaten in your country?
15) Do you think children are spoiled these days? Why?