Passive voice

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WHEN THE PASSIVE IS USED (

*When we don’t know WHO or WHAT did something:
My bicycle has been stolen. (Someone has stolen my bicycle)

The fist tools were made in Africa two millionyears ago
(People made the first tools)

*The action is more important than who did it
Tea was introduced in England in 1798

*It is obvious WHO or What did something
The thief’sbeen arrested

*We can use
By + person / thing ( the police, my mother, the box)

To show who does the action if this information is important

The robber was seen by manypeople. ( The people saw the robber)

TO HAVE SOMETHING DONE
To ask someone else to do something for us

HAVE + SOMETHING+ DONE

The president had the car taken to the airport ( by hisdriver)
I had my hair cut ( the hair dresser cut my hair)
HOW THE PASSIVE IS FORMED

|ACTIVE |PASSIVE|
|to catch → |to be caught |
|to have caught →|To have been caught |
|Catching → |Being caught|
|having caught → |Having been caught |
|am/is /are catching →|am/is /are being caught |
|catch(es) → |am/is /are caught |
|will catch→ |Will be caught |
|am/is/are going to catch → |am/is /are going to...
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