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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #53333: Passive form
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    Passive form

    Passive form

     When you want to use the passive form you have to transform the active form into a sentence in which  the subject becomes a complement. It is possible with transitive verbs only.

    ExampleAmy buys a car -- >  A car is bought by Amy.


     The verb in the passive form is used with the auxiliary verb To be and the past participle.


    Amy buys ( active form in present simple )------> A car is bought ( passive form in present simple)


    Examples :  Amy will buy    ---- >  A car will be bought

                        Amy  bought    ------>A car was bought.

                        Amy has bought -----> A car has been bought.

                        Amy is buying  -----> A car is being bought

                        Amy can buy---------> A car can be bought

                        Amy has to buy ------>  A car has to be bought .                         


     The verb in the passive form is often followed with the preposition BY when the agent is precise.If it is not the case, don't mention the agent.

    The words such as anyone, someone, somebody, anybody, nobody, everyone, no one are not necessary.


    Exercise : complete the sentences in the passive form.Mind their meaning. Don't write the agent.


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    1. They have not stamped the letter .>>> The letter .
    2. The driver should not bribe the police.>>> The police .
    3. A lorry knocked him down . >>>He .
    4. We warned you . >>>You .
    5. We had to give the books back .>>> The books .
    6. Someone had picked my keys up in the street.>>> My keys
    7. An earthquake destroyed the town.>>> The town .
    8. We cannot repair your clock.>>> Your clock .
    9. I suppose they have sold the house .>>> I suppose .
    10. They brought their children up in France .>>> Their children .
    11. They take him for a Frenchman .>>> He .
    12. He will do his exercises later .>>> His exercises .

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