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G3 Present Passive

Lesson Three

The Present Passive

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

Subject + (be) + past participle

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.

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Active Voice
Passive Voice
I teach English.

English is taught by me.

Note: This sentence sounds a little strange. Sometimes the passive voice is not a good option.

You learn English. You are taught English.
He learns English. He is taught English.
She learns English. She is taught English.

Sony makes this computer.

(Can’t use "learn" for a machine–not usually.)

It‘s made by Sony.
We learn English.

You and I = We

We are taught English.

You and I = We

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

Practice listening to the

present passive in

The Listening Lab

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

past tense, passive voice


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