What Is a Passive Sentence? (with Examples)
What Is a Passive Sentence? (with Examples)In a passive sentence, the subject does not perform the action in the sentence. In fact, the action is performed on it. For example:
More Examples of Passive SentencesHere are some more examples of passive sentences:
Anita was driven to the theatre. (In this example, Anita did not perform the action of the verb to drive. The action was done to her. She was the recipient of the action.)
With a Passive Sentence, Use By to Show the ActorIn a passive sentence, the person or thing doing the action (the actor) is usually preceded by the word by. For example:
- Anita was driven to the theatre by Carla.
- Nowadays, black kites are protected by law.
- The olives are stoned and crushed in this room by my son.
Some Interactive ExamplesHere are some interactive examples:
Top TipMany companies do not like their staff to write using passive sentences. Therefore, a number of grammar checkers will often suggest an active version of your passive sentence. However, if you prefer the passive version, stick with it.
Passive Sentences Are UsefulPassive sentences are quite useful if you’re trying not to apportion blame.
- The document had been released into the public domain.
(passive sentence – no blame)
- Jackie released the document into the public domain.
When you don't want to reveal who was responsible (some more examples)
- Bad advice was given.
- A serious failing in standing operating procedures had occurred.
- Pistachio nuts are grown in Iran.
- His parade uniform was stolen.
- English and German are spoken in many Cornish campsites.
- The windows must be secured.
- Divorces are made in heaven. (Oscar Wilde)
- An estimated 258,000 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes.
- Martin crashed into the barrier and was tossed in the crowd.