The Castle Mystery Tour.


Let’s see how we form the Passive Voice.

If we have this active sentence:  They are building the castle.

The passive equivalent will be:  The castle is being built

What has happened between the “active” sentence and the “passive” one?

We have changed the subject of the sentence and we have brought in the verb to be plus the past participle of the active verb. 

So, this is the way we form the passive voice.

Now let’s see some examples with different tenses:

Simple present, active: They keep the jewels in the safe

Simple present, passive: The jewels are kept in the safe

Present continuous, active: Soldiers are repairing the drawbridge

Present continuous, passive: The drawbridge is being repaired by the soldiers

Simple past, active: Some invaders attacked the castle

Simple past, passive: The castle was attacked by some invaders

Past continuous, active: The constable was carrying the legal documents for the meeting.

Past continuous, passive: The legal documents were being carried by the constable

Future, active: A lady will visit the castle next weekend

Future, passive: The castle will be visited next weekend by a lady

Future continuous, active: John the Fool will be training the bear for the royal show

Future continuous, passive: The bear will be trained by John the Fool for the royal show

Conditional, active: The servants would prepare the banquet in the main dining room

Conditional, passive: The banquet would be prepared by the servants in the main dining room

Present Perfect, active: They have signed an important decree

Present perfect, passive: An important decree has been signed by them


Let’s see when we use the Passive voice:

 When the subject is unimportant or irrelevant and we want to stress the thing done instead of the doer of the action, such as: The castle was built in 1226

When we move from the active into the passive, the preposition “by”is placed in front of the person carrying out the action: The throne was built by the master carpenter.


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