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    Help with passive tense

    Could someone explain how to do this or give me a hand with that?

    put each verb in brackets into a suitable passive tense

    The old house on the corner ( knock down )................. last year
    When exactly ( John give )............ his prize?
    Most people agree that America ( not discover )................ by Christopher Columbus
    All complaints about products ( deal with ).................... by our customer services department.
    Police confirmed that the murder weapon ( since discover )............... in a nearby lake.
    It ( announce )............... yesterday that the government has decided not to raise income tax.
    Good news! I ( ask ).........to take over as the new managing director
    I don't believe that this play ( write ).............by Shakespeare.
    Ann really likes ( invite )........... to dinner parties.

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    passive is not a tense. Passive belongs to the grammatical category called voice.
    You go first with the answers.
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    Re: Help with passive tense

    knocked down?
    John has been given ?

    I hate this part of grammar.

    I like her too. :)

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    what next ? :)

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic712 View Post
    Could someone explain how to do this or give me a hand with that?

    put each verb in brackets into a suitable passive tense

    The old house on the corner ( knock down )................. last year
    When exactly ( John give )............ his prize?
    Most people agree that America ( not discover )................ by Christopher Columbus
    All complaints about products ( deal with ).................... by our customer services department.
    Police confirmed that the murder weapon ( since discover )............... in a nearby lake.
    It ( announce )............... yesterday that the government has decided not to raise income tax.
    Good news! I ( ask ).........to take over as the new managing director
    I don't believe that this play ( write ).............by Shakespeare.
    Ann really likes ( invite )........... to dinner parties.
    I'll give you a start:

    The old house on the corner was knocked down last year.
    When exactly was John given his prize?

    Now see what you can do with all the others and we'll see how it goes!

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    wasn't discovered?
    was dealing / dealed? with
    since was discovered?
    was announced?
    I asked?
    was written?
    was invited?

    thanks everyone for your help. :)

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic712 View Post
    wasn't discovered? Yes.
    was dealing / dealt? with No. Wrong subject/verb agreement.
    since was discovered? No. This is a hard one. I'd say, " ... has since been discovered..."
    was announced? Yes.
    I asked? No, that's not passive.
    was written? Yes.
    was invited? No, you have two main verbs. "Ann likes was invited ..."

    thanks everyone for your help. :)
    You still have most answers wrong.
    Have another go, writing out the full sentence, and convince yourself that the sentence makes sense.
    We could then give you the answers, but it's best that you understand them.

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'll give you a start:

    The old house on the corner was knocked down last year.
    When exactly was John given his prize?

    Now see what you can do with all the others and we'll see how it goes!
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You still have most answers wrong.
    Have another go, writing out the full sentence, and convince yourself that the sentence makes sense.
    We could then give you the answers, but it's best that you understand them.
    That will be...

    I was asking to take over as the new... ?

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic712 View Post
    That will be...

    I was asking to take over as the new... ?
    That is not in the passive.

    Who asked? Who was asked? The person who was asked needs to be the grammatical subject in a passive sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Help with passive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic712 View Post
    That will be...

    I was asking to take over as the new... ?
    No, you still haven't grasped the concept of the passive voice.
    "I" is the subject of the active sentence. "I asked to take over". "I" is doing something actively.
    You must come up with a sentence in which "I" is the passive object of a passive sentence.

    I'll tell you how to form a simple passive sentence.
    Here is the active sentence: "The dog bit John"
    Step 1: Take the subject and object (if there is one), and switch them:
    "John ... the dog".
    Step 2. Change the verb form so that the new sentence says the same as the original:
    "John was bitten by the dog".

    Another example: "I am mopping the floor"
    "The floor is being mopped by me".

    Some sentences are more complicated. These exercises are also a bit harder because they are in the passive already, and you just need to provide the verb form. But the principle is the same.
    "I ( ask )......... to take over as the new managing director"
    For the passive, "I" has to become passive. One way of doing this (as in the above mopping example) is:
    "They asked me to take over ... "
    However, you can't do this in this exercise because the sentence structure is given. Can you think of a way you could express the concept that "they asked me" in a way in which 'I' remains passive? (You can't have "I" doing anything, like asking).

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