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Passive Voice

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.

Examples:

The bridge was blown up by engineers.
             
          subject       verb (in "passive voice")

The cows will be moved after tea.
             
          subject       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".

Example:

The cows will be moved after tea by the farm-hands.
Associated pages:
 
Active sentence
Passive sentence
Active voice
Passive voice
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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