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English Grammar - Passive Speech (Intermediate level)

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English Grammar - Passive Speech (Intermediate level)
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  • In this course you will learn how passive sentences differ from active sentences and what role verbs play. Passive expressions give information without referring to the source of that information. In passive sentences, we see what happens but who does it is not important. It is also used in formal written speech, whereas active speech is used more in conversations with people.

    You will learn to compare active and passive sentences and practice examples in speech and writing. You will study verb forms using infinitive, auxiliary and model verbs. You will study the use of different tenses in active and passive forms. You will practice using the auxiliary verbs do, be and have in sentences.

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  • After completing this course you will be able to:


    • Define the difference between active and passive sentences and give examples.
    • Explain the various forms of verbs in Passive sentences and why verbs come after the object.
    • Review how the form of the verb changes/does not change position in active and passive sentences.
    • Describe the use of the past participle in passive sentences and give an example using the verb 'suppose'.
    • Justify how we can have two objects with a verb in a passive sentence.
    • Summarize how we can use the verb 'get' instead of 'be' in the Passive.
    • Trace the use of the verb 'to get' in different expressions.
    • Analyse how to have (something) done means you do not do it yourself and be able to give examples that mean the opposite.

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