Passive Voice – English Lesson

In this English lesson, we will be looking at how to formulate and use the Passive Voice.

Passive Voice Exercises:

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  1. Madam pls answer me . I have some serious doubt

    active –
    I don’t mind teaching her
    passive –
    she doesn’t mind being taught

    In this first sentence she is not the not minding person . That teacher is the one who doesn’t mind.

    But in 2nd u gave passive that meaning became she is the not minding person . But actually she was not. That teacher is the not minding person for teaching

    so am I right ?

  2. Omfg finally I’ve been struggling with passive shitty verbs my whole life now finally jm able to understand damn thank you sm much teacher 😭😭😭😭🔥😘😘😘😘😘🔥

  3. Your graphics are excellent.
    When I look at videos such as this, I realize how difficult English must be for the native speakers of other languages to learn _to this level of competence._ I admire anyone who succeeds, or even tries! The learning process must be made harder by hearing common ‘mistakes’ from native speakers. For instance at 11:50, so many native English speakers would naturally say “A church _will_ be built.” even though, as you point out, it is not a direct equivalent in the passive. I think this happens because that form seems simpler while conveying an extremely similar meaning – which will do instead.
    I notice that many word-processors highlight the passive voice as some sort of mistake to be reconsidered by the writer, and have often heard that it is generally a non-preferred form. To me, it seems that it has a function which we need, and does not deserve the slight. Would you comment on that, please?

    1. Thank you for this excellent post! I hope many learners read your comment and feel rewarded for their huge efforts to master your beautiful but complicated language.
      As a native speaker, you know when you can ‘bend the rules’ in order to simplify the language without changing the message. Using ‘will’ instead of ‘going to’ is a very common case. It takes a non-native speaker a long time to develop that kind of feeling. Until that happens, following the rules is the safer option.
      I’m not sure why some word processors dislike the Passive Voice. It is true that the most common place to find this structure is in scientific and academic articles and talks, and overusing it in an informal context can make the writer or the speaker sound stilted and impersonal. Once again, as a native speaker you feel when it is appropriate to use it and when not, while a non-native speaker may overuse it and sound unnatural. Therefore, I also find it very strange that a word-processor should flag up a Passive structure as it cannot possibly know whether it is a native or non-native speaker typing, and whether they are producing a formal or informal piece of writing.

    2. Ah – you make an excellent point, applicable, I suspect, to all forms of learning; don’t tamper with the rules before you have mastered them!
      May I ask, are you English, or perhaps from a different country where English is an official language, such as India? It seems that high levels of competence with English can be common in such countries. More common than it is ‘at home’, I often think!
      Thank you.

    3. I am from Iran, where English is not an official language but taught quite early on at school, at least when I was growing up there. If my background interests you, you will find a brief description of my career path here:

    1. ‘be’ is the auxiliary verb of the Passive Voice, so the same way that you make any sentence with the verb ‘be’ negative or question:
      It was done. >> Was it done? / It was not done.

  4. Very good explanation, but I don’t agree with what you said about avoid and don’t mind, because the meaning changes. The fact that I avoid seeing him doesn’t mean that he avoids being seen. Seeing him might be uncomfortable for me but not for him.

    1. Thank you! You’re right. That’s not a good example. I had annotated that example and replaced it with a better one. It seems that the annotation has disappeared.

  5. Please give me passive voice for this sentence.”They climbed over the wall without being seen” And also please explain how it is changed.”P Siva Rao,India.

  6. please teach whether fee and fees are singular and plural and also meal and meals.Fees is and fees are”. Meals is and meals are”. are they correct? P Siva Rao,India.

  7. Thank you very much for your speedy reply.But can’t we change the “They climbed over the mountain… the mountain was climbed over by them without being seen.why we can not change it like above.why only one part of the sentence.If you answer this my doubt will be clarified.P Siva Rao,India.please answer this.

  8. Thank you İ’m a teacher and I didn’t know how am I going to simplify this lesson to my students it is really helpful İ loved your way of presenting the lesson it is very simple especially students hear passive they think it is somthing very hard but it is actually very simple.

  9. Hi mam
    I Have One Question
    Plz help me
    How to Make ( Int+Neg ) in Passive
    For Examples
    > Isn’t Cricket Played by players ?
    > Is Cricket not played by players ?

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