English Grammar Lesson – Basic Rules to convert Active voice to Passive voice sentences
In today’s English grammar lesson with Rachna at Let’s Talk, you will learn some basic and simple rules to convert Active voice sentences to passive voice. This is the most requested topic by you ( subscribers) as students make mistakes while learning this subject.
In this advanced English lesson, you will learn how to frame sentences in a different voice. We know how to make simple sentences, but now it is time to start using the passive voice. There are some basic rules that we need to understand when we make passive voice sentences from active voice.
- The subject and object need to be interchanged.
- The main verb goes in the past participle form. An auxiliary verb is added to maintain the tense of the sentence, as e cannot change its tense.
- The doer of the action remains the same even in the passive voice.
Mentioned below are a few examples:
- Rita narrates a story. (Active)
A story is narrated by Rita. (Passive)
- This doctor is treating these patients.
These patients are being treated by this doctor (‘being’ is used in the passive voice, to maintain it in the present continuous tense)
- The students have played this game.
This game has been played by the students.
- Why does your brother write such letters?
Why are such letters written by your brother?
- People speak English all over the world.
English is spoken all over the world.
Note:In the above sentence, ‘people’ is not used in the passive voice as it is an indefinite noun. Indefinite nouns and pronouns, like they, we someone, people, are not used in the passive voice.