It’s Already Been Done
We use the passive when the subject receives the action.Active:
The manpaintedthe living room. (The man isdoing the action.)
The housewas paintedby the man. (The house is receiving the action.)
The passive voice is formed by the verb
+ 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.
Informal uses of the passive can be formed with
. 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 garage•His 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.