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    Passive Voice

    Is there no one to answer this question. This has been pending for three days.
    Respected Teachers:
    Kindly clear my concept on the following sentences.

    1: They might be invited into the PC hotel.
    2: He might be killed here.
    3: You might be beaten in the college.

    What is the tense of these sentences? What is the role of "might be" and what are the uses of "might be" in English language?

    Please teach this point to me as you teach to a childern (in simple words and in detail that could quench my thirst) because I am very new to English.

    Have a nice day
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    Re: Passive Voice

    [QUOTE=Abdul basit jadoon;645490]Is there no one to answer this question. This has been pending for three days.
    Respected Teachers:
    Kindly clear my concept on the following sentences.

    1: They might be invited into the PC hotel.
    2: He might be killed here.
    3: You might be beaten in the college.

    What is the tense of these sentences? What is the role of "might be" and what are the uses of "might be" in English language?

    Please teach this point to me as you teach to a childern (in simple words and in detail that could quench my thirst) because I am very new to English.

    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) Your sentences seem to be passive sentences.

    (2) Some people might invite them into the PC Hotel. This is called

    an active sentence.

    (a) We can change it to a passive sentence:

    They might be invited into the PC Hotel (by some people).

    (3) Active: I eat an apple. (The sentence tells what I do.)
    Passive: An apple is eaten by me. (The sentence tells what happens to the apple.) (NOTE: It is not always necessary to say the words by XXX.)

    ***

    Some people/someone might kill him here. (Active sentence: tells what
    "some people" or "someone" might do.

    He might be killed here (by some people/someone). (Passive sentence: tells what might happen to him.)

    ***
    Passive: You might be beaten in the college (by some people/someone). Passive sentence that tells you what might happen to you.



    Try to change it to the active. Then check the answer.

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    Answer: Some people/ Someone might beat you in the college.

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    I will visit you tomorrow. = 99% possibility that I will visit you.

    I may visit you tomorrow. = 70% (?) possibility.

    I might visit you tomorrow. = 40% (?) possibility.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Hey Abdul, stay cool! That's one cool beard you have there!

    There is an incredible amount of information available on the Internet. You obviously have internet access. If you want to know the meaning of 'might' or any other word, try OneLook Dictionary Search

    If you want info on the use of the Passive in English, just google 'passive sentences'. You will get 10 million pages in 10 milliseconds. There is an English saying: 'The Lord helps them that help themselves.'

    '1: They might be invited to the PC hotel.' Is a Past Subjunctive sentence.

    'might' indicates possibility in this sentence. 'might' indicates a possible occurence in the future. Nothing has actually happened, they have not been invited to the PC Hotel. They may, or may not, be invited. A sentence that indicates a possible event is called a subjunctive sentence. 'subjunctive' really just means 'under judgement'. The outcome, the result, is not certain. 'might' is the so-called 'past subjunctive'. It is called 'past subjunctive' because the verb 'might' is in the same written form as the Simple Past Tense of the verb 'may', which is also 'might'. Other languages use very distinct forms for the subjunctive, and they are therefore very clearly distinguishable from the past tense. English has no special markings for the subjunctive. Maybe Urdu has special forms for the subjunctive.

    Actually, your sentence has no tense. The event 'be invited to the PC hotel' has not yet happened, not in the past, and not in the present.

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    Re: Passive Voice

    Very Good Sir
    It is very very clear, I got the point. Thank you very much.
    Best Regards.

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