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What is passive voice?



Passive voice is a voice that indicates that the subject is the patient or recipient of the action denoted by the verb.

Example (English)

Here is an example of a construction in passive voice:

  • The man was nudged by a passer-by.

    The above example contrasts with the one below, which is in active voice:

  • A passer-by nudged the man.
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      Here is a kind of passive voice:
      Passive voice is a kind of

    Crystal 1980 259


    Pei and Gaynor 1954 161


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 252


    Nida 1949 1689


    Mish 1991 860


    Crystal 1985 222

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