The passive form of the verb



The passive form of the verb :



The ball was kicked by the boy.
Action done to the subject - (i.e.) The Ball

The window was broken by the little girl.
Action done to the subject (i.e.) "the window")

My child is loved by me.
Action is passed on to the subject (i.e.) 'my child’

In the passive form of the verb, it is noticed that something is done to the person or thing denoted by the subject.

A verb is in the passive voice when its form indicates that something is done to the person or thing denoted by the subject.

In the passive form, the subject is not active.


Voice of a verb indicates whether the subject does something or something has been done to it.

1. Reading books is loved by Rama.
2. The wall is built by the worker.
3. The gate is opened by the watchman.
4. It will be done (by me).
5. By whom was this done?
6. Why was such a letter written by the manager?

The verbs in the above sentences are in passive form.

It may be noticed that when the verb is changed from the active voice to the passive voice, the object of the transitive verb in the active voice becomes the subject of the verb in the passive voice.

1. Ram loves reading books.
2. The worker builds the wall.
3. The watchman opens the gate.
4. I shall do it.
5. Who did this?
6. Why did the manager write such a letter?

Reading Books
The Wall
The Gate
It
This
Letter

These are objects in the above sentences. When the verb changes to passive voice, they become subjects.

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