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Lesson Four

The Past Passive

Subject + (be = was or were) + past participle

singular
plural
I was + __________
We were + __________
You were + __________
You were + __________
He was + ___________
They were + __________
She was + __________
It was + __________
 
 * Notice that the verb "be" indicates that this is in the past tense.

 
Past Tense, Passive Voice

I was paid last week.

(the past participle for "pay" is "paid")

pay / paid / paid

teacher

You were given a reading assignment in English.

(the past participle for "give" is given)

give / gave / given

students

He was given a big bowl of rice. The waitress gave it to him.

(both sentences are in the past tense)

man eating rice

She was told to finish her work. Her boss told her to finish it.

tell / told / told

woman
It was made by Sony.
computer
We were both paid last week.

students 

teacher

You and I = We

You were given some money to see a movie.
friends
They were served by the waitress.
waitress

 

 

Do you notice the way the verb "be" changes? Look again in the chart below. The main verb "give" is in the passive voice, past tense.

 

Singular
Plural
I was given
We were given
You were given
You were given
He was given
She was given
They were given
It was given

The main verb is "give"

give / gave / given

I was gave something to eat. (incorrect!)

They were gave some work to do. ( incorrect!)

She was given some help. (correct!)

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