Presentation on theme: "Active versus Passive Voice. Are the following sentences in the active or the passive voice? The Economist is read by many students and professionals."— Presentation transcript:
How do we form the passive? To be + past participle ( the verb to be is in the same tense as the “active” sentence) Many people watch the documentary. (present simple) The documentary is watched by many people. (present simple)
They sent the article to TIME magazine yesterday. (past simple) The article was sent to TIME magazine (by them) yesterday. (past simple)
The documentary is watched by many people. The article was sent to TIME magazine. -object of the “active” sentence becomes subject in the “passive” sentence -subject of the “active” sentence becomes “agent” in the “passive” sentence ( or is left out)
Self Test: Rewrite the sentences in the passive:
People write many articles for websites nowadays. Photographers take lots of pictures of celebrities. Hollywood studios made many films last year.