Unit 43: PASSIVE VERB FORMATIONS
All passive formations have the verb be before a past participle.
Statements (be + past participle)
Tea is drunk everywhere.
These carpets are made by hand.
The Olympics are being held here in 2010.
This book was written by Yann Martel.
The ice machine was being repaired.
She has not been told yet.
They had not been told to board.
MODALS BEFORE A SIMPLE FORMATION
It may be locked at any time.
She will be given a prize.
MODALS BEFORE A PERFECT FORMATION
It must have been stolen.
He might have been killed.
BE GOING TO
It is going to be built here.
The job has to be done by tonight.
This place used to be used as a playground.
NOTICE: Irregular past participles are in Appendix 10.
Questions (be + past participle)As usual, put the first part of the verb before the subject (Unit 9). For example:
How are these carpets made?
Who was this book written by?
Has she been told the news yet?
Can we be seen from here?
NOTICE: With have to and used to, use the correct form of the auxiliary do.
Does it have to be done by tonight?