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    Passives in songs

    Could anyone help me to find a song with quite a number of examples of the passive voice? I have browsed the Internet, but those ones I found contain just one or two examples (even in worksheets on the passive voice made by teachers)
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    Re: Passives in songs

    You've probably found only a few examples because English uses the passive a lot less frequently than many grammar books (and teachers) would like you to think.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Passives in songs

    Yes, I understand that. We don't use the passive in my language very often either. But I thought in some songs there could be some enumeration of things that have been done like "the house has been cleaned, the dogs have been fed..."
    Last edited by englishhobby; 02-Sep-2016 at 17:59.
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    Re: Passives in songs

    That would be a pretty dull song!
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    Re: Passives in songs

    Ok, let it be dull or sad. There are a lot of dull songs without the passive. By the way, I don't mind active verb forms in the song, just 3 different passive verbs in a song would make me happy.

    I have found a song by Cher "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me", but I don't like it.
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    Re: Passives in songs

    I have a feeling the late Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers used the passive voice more than many songwriters do. You might want to look at his work.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Passives in songs

    I'd suggest "Taken In" by Mike & The Mechanics, 1985.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvHu_hgVuc

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    Re: Passives in songs

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy65 View Post
    I'd suggest "Taken In" by Mike & The Mechanics, 1985.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvHu_hgVuc

    Oh, that's a very good song, it has quite a lot of passive forms, and the tune is nice, thank you!
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