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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Passives

 
 

Sentences containing passives

Passive: The cake was baked by John.
Active: John baked the cake.

"be" auxiliary = was
past participle = baked

The cake was baked by John.

Use "by _____" to indicate the doer of the action.
This sentence says that John baked the cake.

List of verb tenses that use passive

The course is taught on the Internet.

present simple

The course is being offered to international students.

present progressive

The course was created by the English Language Centre.

past simple

The students were being instructed over the phone and by regular mail before the course went on-line last summer.

past continuous

The student's application has been accepted by the university.

present perfect

The on-line system had been tested before being used for the course.

past perfect

The course will be offered to students this summer.

future ("will")

The course is going to be offered to students next year.

future ("going to")

The course may be offered to students in Europe next year.

Modal + passive: may be offered