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Choice of passive structures

We use passive structures when we want to talk about an action, but are not interested in stating who or what does/did it.

  • Promises should be kept. (passive)
  • Smoking must be banned. (passive)
  • This house was built in 1990.
  • The house is being painted.

Some verbs can be used in both active and passive forms with similar meanings. Examples are: to worry/to be worried; to drown/to be drowned.

Sometimes active and passive infinitives can be used with very similar meanings.

  • There is a lot of work to do.
  • There is a lot of work to be done.
Category: Active and passive voice | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-01-07)
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