Passive Voice

girl-eating-a-peachThe ideal vehicle of expression in any language is the sentence. We know that sentences are formed by a verb and some other ingredients such as subject, object, adverb or adjective. A sentence structure depends on its nature. We can say that there are three kinds:

Active

Susan ate an apple. (Subject + Verb + Object)

Passive

The apple was eaten by Susan.  (Object + BE + Verb in Participle + by Subject)

Commands

Eat the apple!   (Verb + Object)

The Passive Sentence is formed by an Object + Helping Verb (to be) + Main Verb (past participle) + Complement. 

Example: These cars are made in Brazil.

The tense  is carried in the helping verb (to be). So if you want to express the same idea in a different tense you would have to conjugate such helping verb.

Here is a video that will explain more details about passive voice with a few examples:

 

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