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Lesson Three

The Present Passive

Let's review an old lesson first: Click here and come back.

Subject + (be) + past participle

singular
plural
I am + __________
We are + __________
You are + __________
You are + __________
He is + ___________
They are + __________
She is + __________
It is + __________
 
 * Adding the past participle after the verb "be" causes some students to believe the sentence is in the past tense, but it isn't.

Watch this video:

 

 

Active Voice
 
Passive Voice
I teach English. teacher

English is taught by me.

(note: this example sounds a little strange.)

teacher
You learn English. student You are taught English. student
He learns English. man He is taught English. man
She learns English. woman talking on the phone with her teacher She is taught English. woman talking on the phone with her teacher

Sony makes this computer.

(Can't use "learn" for a machine--not usually.)

computer

 

It's made by Sony. computer
We learn English.

teacherstudent

You and I = We

We are taught English.

teacherstudent

You and I = We

You learn English. students You are taught English. students
They learn English students They are taught English. students

Now try this quiz

Remember: The verb "be" indicates the verb tense. In this lesson, the verbs are in the present tense. In the next lesson, the verbs will be in the past tense.

 

Next: Lesson Four

 


 

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