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Lesson Two

"I was born..."

 

One good way to begin thinking about the passive voice is with this question:

"Where were you born?"

The answer: I was born in ___________ (country).

This common question is in the passive voice. The verb "bear" means to have or to produce children, but no one says, for example, "Where did your mother bear you?"

For time and place of birth, the questions are almost always asked like this:

  • Where were you born?
  • When were you born?

This lesson is focused only on where and when you were born. These are questions you must know how to ask and answer when you live in the United States.

 

Singular
Plural
I was born
We were born
You were born
You were born
He was born
She was born
They were born
It was born
  • The simple form of the verb is "bear." The past tense is "bore." The past participle is "born." The words "bear" and "bore" are typically not used when describing a birth -- except for animals.
simple past past participle
bear
bore
born

 

examples

 I was born in Germany.

 I was born in 1963.

paul

 You were born in _______.

           (name of country)

student

 This radio announcer was born in Iran.

 He was born in Iran.

announcer

 This famous actress was born in India.

 She was born in India.

 Do you know when she was born?

aishwarya

 This penguin was born in a zoo.

 It was born in a zoo.

penguin
 We were born in different countries. I was born in Germany, and you were born in Vietnam.

teacher I

sdf you

 You were born in the United States.
students

 These children were all born in the United States.

 They were born in the United States.

family

Exercise:   write

Question Answer
1. When were you born?
 I was born in (year)
2. Where were you born?
I was born in (country)

 

Next: Lesson Three

 


 

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