Green Level

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 very common question is asked in the passive voice. In fact, it's the only way to ask it. The verb "bear" means to have or to produce children. No one says, for example, "Where did your mother bear you?"

This lesson is focused only on where and when you were born, which you are frequently asked in the U.S.


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 words "bear" and "bore" are typically not used when describing a birth -- except for animals.



 I was born in Germany.

 You were born in _______.

           (name of country)


 This radio announcer was born in Iran.

 He was born in Iran.


 This famous actress was born in India.

 She was born in India.


 This penguin was born in a zoo.

 It was born in a zoo.

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

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 You were born in the United States.

 These children were all born in the United States.

 They were born in the United States.



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