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Passive (Use & Practice)




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THE PASSIVE (use & practice)

USE: Study the following example.

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So, when do we use the passive? We use the passive in the following cases:

Case 1: The thing done is more important than the doer.

e.g. A new supermarket was opened in our district last week.

Case 2: Both the thing done and the doer are important.

e.g. Algeria was colonized by the French.

Case 3: The doer is unknown.

e.g. A lot of articles are stolen in the supermarket every day.

Case 4: We don�t want to mention the doer.

e.g. I was told that you had broken my glasses.

PRACTICE:

Now change the following sentences into the passive. Mention the doer (the by phrase) only where necessary.

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  1. They probably recycle some of the solid wastes regularly.

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��� 2. The hurricane Gustav severely damaged the houses on the shore.

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��� 3.Someone has stolen my watch.

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4.�� The horror film affected my little brother badly.

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��� 5.��� The milkman will deliver two bottles of milk to your door.

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� 6.��They are going to deliver our new washing machine tomorrow.

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��� 7.��� Johnny Ball is training our local football team.

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�� 8.���� Anyone can do this activity very easily.

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��� 9.��� They haven't released the exam results yet.

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� 10.��Someone has told me that you still go out with Billy.

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