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    active passive voice

    Is there anyone who help me in learning active pasive voice?

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    Re: active passive voice

    You can say things in two ways, in the active or in the passive.

    An American woman invented the dishwasher. (active)
    In the active sentence, the focus is more on the person.

    The dishwasher was invented by an American woman. (passive)
    We use the passive when we are more interested in the action or process than the person or thing that causes it.

    A lot of money was stolen from the bank. (= We don’t know who stole it.)

    Are the animals treated well? (= It’s not important who treats them well.)

    If we want to say who does the action or what causes it, we use by.
    This picture was painted by a girl in my class.

    The present passive is formed with the present tense of the verb to be and the past participle of the main verb.

    The gates aren’t locked at night.
    Where is the sugar kept?
    The man in the photo is wanted by the police.

    The past passive is formed with the past tense of the verb to be and the past participle of the main verb.

    We were invited to a jazz concert.
    When were the Pyramids built?
    She wasn’t told about the broken window.

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