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    Analyse - Active/Passive

    We have problems with the following:

    I write a book.

    write = verb - transitive
    I = subject
    book = object
    a= article acting as an adjective, modifying book

    What about the passive voice ?

    The book is written by me...

    is = form of the verb to be = linking verb
    written = verbal, ending by -en = adjective modifying book
    the = article
    by = ??
    me = ??

    .... or is 'written' the verb and 'is' the helping verb ?
    But then 'book' is the subject and that doesn't make sence.....I write and write is a transitive verb....

    Thanks for help

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    Re: Analyse - Active/Passive

    The = determiner
    book = noun
    The book = subject
    is = form of the verb BE
    written = past participle
    is written = passive verb form
    by = preposition
    me = pronoun
    by me = prepositional phrase

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