The passive voice
A sentence can either be in the active or the passive voice. In the active voice, the subject performs the action, while in the voix passive (passive voice), the subject is acted upon. That is, in the passive voice, the subject and the object exchange roles. Be aware that the passive voice is much more common in English than in French. In French, one tends to use the active voice. Compare the active and the passive voices.
The passive voice is formed with être in the tense required + the past participle of the main verb.
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Publication information: Book title: Complete French Grammar. Contributors: Annie Heminway - Author. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning. Place of publication: Dubuque, IA. Publication year: 2007. Page number: 136.
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