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The Passive Voice. Page 2 (Advanced, C-Level)

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Special Uses of the Passive Voice

The passive voice is often used in formal or academic writing and in certain fixed expressions. These expressions are used to convey general beliefs, statements, or opinions without specifying the source.

Example sentences

It is widely known that regular exercise contributes to better physical and mental health.

It has been said for a long time that breakfast is the most important meal of the day though this may no longer be true.

It is commonly believed that positive thinking can reduce stress.

It is assumed that technological advancements will continue driving innovation.

The Passive Voice with "Get"

The passive voice can also be formed using the verb "get" instead of "be." This form is generally more informal and is often used in spoken English.

The passive with “get” is typically used to describe situations where something happens to the subject, often unexpectedly or by accident.

In addition, using “be” in the passive voice is more neutral and formal. Using “get” often implies a change of state or a more dynamic situation. “Get” is also more commonly used with certain types of actions, such as those involving sudden or surprising events.

  • He got promoted at work.
    (implies a positive change of state)
  • The vase got broken during the party.
    (implies an accidental event)
  • She got invited to the exclusive event.
    (implies a notable occurrence)

Assess Your Learning

Practice 1. Distinguish between the active and passive voices.

Practice 2. Practice using the passive voice (the basics).

Practice 3. Practice changing sentences into the passive voice.

Practice 4. Create complex sentences using the passive voice.

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