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English Grammar in Use – Unit 43: Passive Voice

Part A:

Study the following active and passive forms:

Infinitive active (to) do/clean/see etc. Somebody will clean this room later.

passive (to) be+ done/cleaned/seen etc. This room will be cleaned later.

The situation is serious. Something must be done before ifs too late.

A mystery is something that can’t be explained.

The music was very loud and could be heard from a long way away.

A new supermarket is going to be built next year.

Please go away. I want to be left alone.

Part B:

Perfect infinitive active (to) have + done/cleaned/seen etc. Somebody should have cleaned the room

passive (to) have been + done/cleaned/seen etc. The room should have been cleaned.

I should have received the letter by now. It might have been sent to the wrong address.

If you had locked the car, it wouldn’t have been stolen.

There were some problems at first, but they seem to have been solved.

Part C:

Present perfect active have/has + done etc. The room looks nice. Somebody has cleaned it.

passive have/has been + done etc. The room looks nice. It has been cleaned.

Have you heard? The t rip has been cancelled.

Have you ever been bitten by a dog?

‘Are you going to the party?’ ‘No, I haven’t been invited.’

Past perfect

active had + done etc.

passive had been + done etc.

The room looked nice. Somebody had cleaned it.

The room looked nice. It had been cleaned.

The vegetables didn’t taste good. They had been cooked too long.

The car was three years old, but hadn’t been used very much.

Part D:

Present continuous

active am/ is/are + (do)ing Somebody is cleaning the room at the moment.


passive am/ is/are + being (done) The room is being cleaned at the moment.

There’s somebody walking behind us. I think we are being followed.

(in a shop) ‘Can I help you?’ ‘No, thanks. I’m being served.’

Past continuous

active was/were+ (do)ing Somebody was cleaning the room when I arrived.

passive was/were + being (done) The room was being cleaned when I arrived.

There was somebody walking behind us. I think we were being followed.

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    Dr. Hariri

    Would you rather be happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative, or unhappy yet bright and creative? For instance, would you rather live the life of a brilliant yet tortured artist, such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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    I prefer to challenge this question at first and bring up my viewpoint next.
    There are different successful people in the world who reached the apex through different procedures. Although some have faced torture to reach their goals, it does not mean we have to necessarily lose something in our life to climb the ladder of success. Anyway, I suppose the most enjoyable part of life is making progress and relying on your abilities to flourish and thrive. So, I personally go for intelligence and innovation rather than happiness along with naivety. Many people have lived an ordinary life so far and repeating this story can never excite me at all. We need to gain new adventurous experiences and foster our abilities so as to break out of comfort zone.

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