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:
to be: + past participle
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