passive voice, passive(noun)
the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb
"`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.
Any construction that obscures the agent of an action, or the agency of said agent.
The numerical value of passive voice in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of passive voice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice-that is, until we have stopped saying 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.'
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- مبني مجهول, صيغة مجهولArabic
- pasivum, trpný rodCzech
- pasiva voĉoEsperanto
- voz pasivaSpanish
- mode passif, voix passiveFrench
- guth fulangachScottish Gaelic
- կրավորական սեռArmenian
- forma passiva, passivoItalian
- 受身, 受動態Japanese
- 受動態, 수동태Korean
- ciešamā kārtaLatvian
- lijdende vormDutch
- strona biernaPolish
- voz passivaPortuguese
- diateză pasivăRomanian
- пассивный залог, пассив, страдательный залогRussian
- passivum, passiv formSwedish
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