#EngClass: Forming the Passive

​Hi fellas, how was your weekend?

Today we will learn about forming the passive.

Form of the passive: be + past participle.

In the passive, the object of an active verb becomes the subject of the passive verb.

Only transitive verbs (verbs that are followed by an object) are used in the passive. 
E.g.

1. Simple present. 

Active: Mei helps Alex. 

Passive: Alex is helped by Mei.
2. Present progressive.

Active: Mei is helping Alex.

Passive: Alex is being helped by Mei.
3. Present perfect.

Active: Mei has helped Alex.

Passive: Alex has been helped by Mei.
4. Simple past.

Active: Mei helped Alex.

Passive: Alex was helped by Mei.
5. Past progressive.

Active: Mei was helping Alex.

Passive: Alex was being helped by Mei.
6. Past perfect.

Active: Mei had helped Alex.

Passive: Alex had been helped by Mei.
7. Simple future.

Active: Mei will help Alex.

Passive: Alex will be helped by Mei.
8. Be going to.

Active: Mei is going to help Alex.

Passive: Alex is going to be helped by Mei.
9. Future perfect.

Active: Mei will have helped Alex.

Passive: Alex will have been helped by Mei.
Why don’t you try some exercises fellas? You can check the example above if you’re confuse.

Change the active to the passive by supplying the correct form of be + past participle.

1. Kai opens the door –> The door … by Kai.

2. Kai is opening the door –> The door … by Kai.

3. Kai has opened the door –> The door … by Kai.

4. Kai opened the door –> The door … by Kai.

5. Kai was opening the door –> The door … by Kai.

6. Kai had opened the door –> The door … by Kai.

7. Kai will open the door –> The door … by Kai.

8. Kai is going to open the door –> The door … by Kai.

9. Kai will have opened the door –> The door … by Kai.
Answer: 1. Is opened; 2. Is being opened; 3. Has been opened; 4. Was opened; 5. Was being opened; 6. Had been opened; 7. Will be opened; 8. Is going to be opened; 9. Will have been opened.
That’s all for today fellas. See you next Sunday.

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 20, 2016

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