Unit 9: Is done/was done (the passive voice)

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The passive voice.

People make cars in Birmingham (active)

Cars are made in Birmingham (passive)

We are not interested in who made the cars (people, somebody, the workers etc). We are

only interested in the cars, and in which city they are made .

This is the passive voice:

am/is/are

 

was were

 

etc.

done

made

washed

built

etc.

to be: + past participle

Note:

The passive voice is NOT a tense, it does not relate to time. You can change the time by changing the verb ‘to be’.

  • The house was damaged in the storm

  • Many people have been taken prisoner

  • Five people were killed in the accident

  • My car is being repaired today

  • More energy will be imported from Russia in the future

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