English Grammar Lessons
Passive Voice - Glossary of Terms
A verb is said to be in the "passive voice" when its
subject does not perform the action of the verb. In fact, the action
is performed on the subject.
The bridge was
blown up by engineers.
verb (in "passive voice")
cows will be moved after tea.
verb phrase (in "passive voice")
In a passive sentence, the person or thing carrying out
the action (often called the "agent") is introduced with "by".
The cows will
be moved after tea by the farm-hands.
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