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The Passive Voice
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Changing the verb to the passive form

Since a form of the verb 'to be' is added when constructing the passive, the exact form that the passive verb takes depends on whether the action is situated in the past, present or future.

The following table shows some of the passive forms of the verb 'to test'.

 

ACTIVE VOICE PASSIVE VOICE
The researchers test the material. The material is tested by the researchers.
The material is tested.
The researchers are testing the material. The material is being tested by the researchers.
The material is being tested.
The researchers will test the material. The material will be tested by the researchers.
The material will be tested.
The researchers should test the material. The material should be tested by the researchers.
The material should be tested.
The researchers should have tested the material. The material should have been tested by the researchers.
The material should have been tested.
The researchers tested the material. The material was tested by the researchers.
The material was tested.
The researchers have tested the material. The material has been tested by the researchers.
The material has been tested.

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