So, the basic make up the verb looks like this: to be + past participle.
Now, let’s make it more complicated. Lots more complicated.
Passive (be + participle) progressive (be + present participle [ing]) => be + being + participle
I am cooking dinner. => Dinner is being made (by me).
Dad was fixing the car. => The car was being fixed (by dad).
Perfect (have + participle) passive (be + participle) => have + been (participle form of be) + past participle
Julie has finished dinner. => Dinner has been finished (by Julie).
I had finished the book. => The book had been finished (by me).
Perfect progressive passive (very rare) =>
The students have been studying Chinese. => Chinese has been being studied (by the students).
The IRS has been auditing our records for two months. => Our records have been being audited for two months (by the IRS).
Couple of other complications:
Passive with "get" instead of "be":
My car got (was) fixed by my neighbor.
My cat got (was) killed by my neighbor (hmm).
How complicated can you make passive verbs? Any cool examples?
Orange is embarrassing the world. The world is being embarrassed by Orange. Gee, no matter how it's said, I get equally angry! :0)ReplyDelete