Please note: this is a record of the key language covered on 22nd March 2021 only. For the current version of our (ongoing) training log, as well as contact information, see:
Session 21(22nd March 8:30-10:00)
Why/When do we use the passive?
– Because we do not know who performs the action
– Because it is unimportant/less important who performs the action
How do we form the passive? What are the grammar rules?
These acrobatic leaps were recorded by Chinese scientists investigating new ways to manipulate water.
Were recorded to be (were) + past participle (recorded)
Scientists also showed how the energy of the droplets could be harvested
could be harvested (modal/could)+ to be (be) + past participle (harvested)
(Examples of passive)
– The man was bitten by a snake 1.1
– The elephant was frightened by a mouse 1.2
– The mother was fed by the child 2.3
– The detective was followed 2.4
– The professor was driven to the university 2.5
– This dog was bitten 1.6
(Examples of active)
– The man bit the snake 2.1
– The elephant frightened the mouse 2.2
– The mother fed the child 1.3
– The detective followed the woman 1.4
– The professor drove to the university 1.5
– This dog bites! 2.6