Hi fellas, how is life today? This article is still related to other articles about the passive. Perhaps, you already know that the most common form of the passive is be + past participle. However, there are other forms of the passive.
1) Reporting with Passive Verbs
With reporting verbs and verbs of thinking or feeling we can use
• it + passive verb + that
e.g. It is said that filmmaking is a lucrative industry.
• subject + passive verb + to-infinitive
e.g. Filmmaking is said to be a lucrative industry.
2) need + -ing
need + -ing is sometimes used as an alternative to the passive to without stating who does it.
e.g. Some houses need reconstructing after an earthquake occurred.
3) have/get + object + past participle
The past participle is used after have/get and the object to give a passive meaning.
e.g. I had my watch repaired.
I got my watch repaired.
In the two examples above, I caused my watch to repaired by someone.
•Diana Hopkins and Pauline Cullen, Cambridge Grammar for IELTS with Answers
• Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson, Collins English for Exams: Grammar for IELTS
• Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar
Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, June 8, 2018