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THE PASSIVE VOICE: INTRODUCTION It is used more in English than in Spanish.

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2 THE PASSIVE VOICE: INTRODUCTION It is used more in English than in Spanish

3 FORM: Subject & "To Be" & Past Participle (verb root & -ed for regular verbs and the 3rd form of the irregular verbs To Be in the present: am/are/is To Be in the past: was/were

4 COMMON EXAMPLES: TV is seen all over the world. Breakfast is served at 7.30 am. Computers are used everywhere. I am appreciated by my friends. Oranges are exported from Spain. English is spoken here.

5 USES RECIPES GIVING AND ASKING FOR PRODUCT INFORMATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES STATISTICS

6 CHOCOLATE CAKE 4 cups flour 1 cup cocoa powder 2 cups sugar 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons baking powder 2 eggs a pinch of salt

7 CHOCOLATE CAKE (In the passive voice) The eggs, sugar and butter are beaten together. The flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt are added to the egg mixture. The milk is poured in and all the ingredients are mixed. It is baked for 45 minutes in a moderate oven. (more examples: click here)

8 GIVING AND ASKING FOR PRODUCT INFORMATION Are videos made in Japan? Is the car insured? The doors were repaired last week. The microwave was invented in 1945 by Percy Spencer.

9 NEWSPAPER HEADLINES LONDON IS FLOODED BANK WAS ROBBED TAXES ARE LOWERED GREAT DAMAGE WAS DONE

10 STATISTICS Ten years ago, sewing machines were found in 70% of the homes. Today, they are found in 45% of the homes.


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