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    The documents is being couriered

    The documents is being couriered to your office address.

    1) Is the above sentence in passive voice? If so, what would be the active sentence for it. I understand the active would be:

    The documents has been couriered to your office address.

    2) If we are using documents (plural), should not we use "are" instead of "is"?

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    1. Your rephrasing is also passive voice. It is just a different tense.

    2. Yes.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 04-Nov-2015 at 08:36. Reason: typo

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    The documents is being couriered to your office address.

    1) Is the above sentence in passive voice? If so, what would be the active sentence for it. I understand the active would be:
    Maybe something like that? "A courier delivered the documents to your office." Is it right?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    It is active voice and it is correct. However, to continue with the verb tense in the OP's question, I suggest "A courier is delivering the documents to your office."

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    1. Your rephrasing is also passive voice. It is just a different tense.

    2. Yes.
    I thought the rephrasing sentence was in Present perfect tense. Is the same in passive as we have used " couriered" after "been"? ( may be one of the reason, but I an not very sure. Please clarify.)

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    1. Your rephrasing is also passive voice. It is just a different tense.

    I understand that passive voice can't be classified in tenses.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Nov-2015 at 11:21. Reason: Fixed quote box

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    That is incorrect. Your rephrasing above was present perfect passive. The passive voice is indicated by a past participle following a form of the verb "to be".

    I sent you a package. (active voice, past tense)
    A package was sent to you. (passive voice, past tense)
    I have sent you a package. (active voice, present perfect)
    A package has been sent to you. (passive voice, present perfect)

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That is incorrect. Your rephrasing above was present perfect passive. The passive voice is indicated by a past participle following a form of the verb "to be".

    I sent you a package. (active voice, past tense)
    A package was sent to you. (passive voice, past tense)
    I have sent you a package. (active voice, present perfect)
    A package has been sent to you. (passive voice, present perfect)
    I am bit confused. I understand "Have" is a form of the verb " to be" and sent is a past participle in "I have sent you a package. (active voice, present perfect)". Please clarify

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    I understand "Have" is a form of the verb " to be"
    Where did you learn that?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The documents is being couriered

    "Have" is not a form of "to be".

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