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Jin from South Korea - 'In my university we need to speak English well'
Jin is a student at Frances King School of English
Simple Passives
This week, we're looking at simple passives - are they as simple as we would like them to be? We challenge Jin from South Korea to make correct sentences in the passive voice. Are you up for the challenge too?

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Simple Passives

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There are three main elements to a simple passive sentence: the 'passive subject', the verb 'to be' and the past participle of the verb.

Present simple

passive subject 'to be' past participle  
Paper is made from wood
Tigers are found in India

Past simple

passive subject 'to be' past participle  
The bridge was opened in 1977
The pyramids were built by the Egyptians

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