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Anonymous:
Hello, I really need help on passive voice... what would the passive
voice be for
tell
is telling
told
was telling
has told
had told
to tell
will have told
must tell

and what are the verb forms?
Hi,

Can you try at least some of these, eg 'tell'?

Active: Mary told a story.

Passive: ???

Best wishes, Clive
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- tell: to be told

example: Active: They tell lies. Passive: Lies are told.

- is telling: to be being told

example: Active: He's telling a lie. Passive: A lie is being told.

- told: to be told

example: Active: He told her. Passive: She was told.

- was telling: to be being told

example: Active: He was telling her. Passive: She was being told.

- has told: has been told

example: Active: He has told her. Passive: She has been told.

- had told: had been told (same as above)

example: Active: He had told her. Passive: She had been told.

- to tell: (what exactly is the context?, if as an infinitive then it can take any form, if it's something like:

example: Active: He was told to tell her. Passive: She was told. < Not sure

- will have told: will have been told

example: Active: He will have told her. Passive: She will have been told.

- must tell: must be told

example: Active: He must tell her. Passive: She must be told.

Try to figure out what to do to change into passive using these examples above, if you still don't get it let us know.
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example: Active: He was told to tell her.

Isn't the above sentence 'Passive' rather than 'Active'?
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Yoong Liatexample: Active: He was told to tell her.

Isn't the above sentence 'Passive' rather than 'Active'?
Yes, the sentence istself is in the passive voice. The infinitive (direct object) is in the active voice.
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That's right, it's in the Passive voice but I couldn't find a better sentence to include the "to tell" bit in. Maybe "He's to tell her." It needs context anyway.
Anonymous:
BIG THANKS ElevenTattic!!!!!!!!! Ok, let's see.... to write - will have written (passive) will write - will have been written has written - has been written is writing - to be being writing will have written - will have been written will go - will have been gone should finish - should have been finished should look into - should have been looked into will be seeing - will have been seeing.

Phew!
Well, I'll tell you about a way you can use to change into the Passive voice, I'm not an expert anyway so don't take what I'm going to say as a RULE or as 100% thing.

In any Active sentence there are two pieces: auxiliary verb(s) + main verb

For example: "He will tell her.": The "auxiliary verb" is "will", the main verb is "tell". In a sentence like "He will have told her.": The auxiliary verbs are "will" and "have" (piece 1), the main verb is "told" (piece 2).

To change into passive:

1- rewrite the auxiliary verb(s) after the subject

2- add "verb to be", depending on the auxiliary verb(s)

3- add the "past participle" of the main verb

Let's see an example of yours: "should finish"

1- rewrite the auxiliary verb(s) after the subject: should

2- add "verb to be", depending on the auxiliary verb(s): "Should" is a modal verb so the verb following must be in infinitive = "be"

3- add the "past participle" of the main verb: The "past participle" of "finish" is "finished"

So the passive is: SHOULD BE FINISHED

Try again now.

As for "will go", there's no object, "go" is an "intransitive verb" taking no objects, so you can't change it into the Passive voice. "Will have been gone" is wrong, it has no answer because it has no object.
Hi,

Just a word of advice …

When we apply passive voice to a context, we should have an awareness if the intended context can receive the passive voice. Theoretically, at least in exercise, we can change active to passive voice with any verb. However, this is not always true in real life. Passive voice should be used with discretion and proper context. For instance, if I say “Mary was given plenty of warning before she was fired for her tardiness”, I intended Mary as my subject and the emphasis is on her. We don't have t ostate the name of the person who carried out the firing. In the active voice, we must state the subject who carried out the firing of Mary, whom in this case is the recipient of the act. Example: Mary’s manager gave her plenty of warning for her tardiness before firing her.
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