Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

jueves, 9 de mayo de 2019

Watermelons are sold here!!

What is the PASSIVE VOICE? What is the opposite? Why and when do we use the passive voice? Click on the label passive voice, on the right-hand side column of the blog and you will discover some interesting facts about it.


- We use the passive voice when the subject is not known or it is not relevant or just because we face a matter from a different perspective. For example, when we see the advertisement 'TOMATOES ARE SOLD HERE', do we really care about the name of the seller or the farmer? Not at all. The important thing is the fact that you can buy tomatoes here. On the contrary, if Brad Pitt was the person selling tomatoes, we would never use the passive voice and we would say: Do you know what? Brad Pitt sells tomatoes on the road to Granada.

- You only include the agent when it gives some information. If it doesn't give any information, we tend to omit it (remember our 'pasiva refleja'  >>  Se venden tomates aquí : tomatoes are sold here.) WE NEVER SAY: by someone, by people and we rarely say: by him, her.

- Our indirect object can the be subject of the passive voice.
Example:   ACTIVE  >>   We gave Mary a wonderful present for her birthday.
PASSIVE  >>  Mary was given a wonderful present for her birthday.
or  A wonderful present was given to Mary for her birthday.
But remember that the sentence "We gave a wonderful present to Mary for her birthday" has got only passive possibility (A wonderful present was given to Mary for her birthday).

- BE CAREFUL with sentences whose subject is 'NOBODY' because the sentence is negative.
Example: Ann wasn't offered the job (<< Nobody offered Ann the job)

- 'I was born in Chicago' is actually a passive sentence.

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4 comentarios:

  1. Summer has almost arrived and it is very hot. People need to drink something fresh so they do not have that much heat.

    They are starting to buy ice creams, melons and watermelons.

    There are many quantities of watermelons that are bought which produce a lot of profits for the sellers. We all need fresh things and a piece of watermelons is the best to cool off.

    This year the watermelons weigh more what will cost more.

  2. Summer is about to arrive, it is a very hot season.
    In the summer we must hydrate well because it is very hot and if we do not hydrate well we can get dizzy.

    We can have some refreshments, an ice cream ..

    In the shops they are starting to sell melons and watermelons, this year they are more expensive than other years since they are bigger and heavier, a piece of watermelon and melon could also be taken to freshen up

  3. I love summer, it's my favorite time of the year and that's when I go on vacation and with my friends, this summer is not the best of all because I have to study English

  4. Spain is the country that grow more watermelons in the world, and these are spread throughout Europe, these watermelons are known to have a very good taste.

    Now watermelons are very sold, since it is summer and this fruit is a very refreshing fruit, and it is also healthy and has a good taste.

    In summer we always have several snacks or drinks throughout the day to cool off. The most typical are soda, iced coffee, or ice cream or fruits such as watermelon and melon.