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The Passive Voice - Part 1


I. Theory

The passive voice is used when an action is highlighted rather than the individual doing the action. Therefore it can be used when it is unclear who is doing the action or when such information isn’t necessary. For example, in English, we see the passive voice in the following sentence: “The forms are being filed” in comparison to the active voice: “The office worker filed the forms.”

Über die Situation wurde nichts gesagt.
Nothing was being said about the situation.

Den Polizisten wurde gratuliert.
The police officers were (being) congratulated.

Der Antrag wird bearbeitet.
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