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SLE2aUnit14

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Published by: Ian Windsor on Jan 27, 2012
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It’s Already Been Done
Use:
We use the passive when the subject receives the action.Active:
The manpaintedthe living room. (The man isdoing the action.)
subject action
Passive:
The housewas paintedby the man. (The house is receiving the action.)
subject action
Form:
The passive voice is formed by the verb
be 
+ the participle form of the main verb.
Past: The couple was visited by their friends.Present: Her taxi fare is paid by the company.Future: Your dry cleaning will be dropped off tomorrow.
Note:
Informal uses of the passive can be formed with
get 
and
have 
. These aretypically used in spoken rather than written English.
Informal Passive Formal Passive
She got hired yesterday.She was hired yesterday.
He has his car washed at the garageHis car is washed at the garage.
Take turns with a partner making the following sentences into the passive form.Active: The stylist cut my hair.Passive: My hair was cut by the stylist.A decorator painted my kitchen.A manicurist does my nails once a month. Someone will deliver a bed today.The drycleaners usually clean my suits. The repairman will fix my TV today.The boss told Randy to come in on time. My brother took the picture in Spain.My mum ironed my shirts.
 
What’s Happening Here?
Look at the pictures below. Use the verbs below to explain what is happening and make up a storyabout what happened. Try to use as many verbs as you can in each story. Remember to use thepassive voice and ask follow-up questions.
BreakA:
The woman’s leg is broken.
B:
How do you think it happened?A: She may have been in an accident, or perhaps her leg was broken while she wasplaying a sport. Have you ever broken your leg?B: Yes, I have. When I was younger...
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