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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The following sentence is an example of the active voice: I ate the cake.

The following sentence is an example of the active voice: The cake was eaten.

The following sentence is an example of the active voice: I made a mistake.

The following is an example of the active voice: Mistakes were made.

The following sentence is an example of the active voice:  A lot of money was stolen from the bank.

The following sentence is an example of the active voice: I stole a lot of money from the bank.

Businesses and governments often use the passive voice to avoid taking responsibility or blame for their actions.

Newspapers often use the passive voice when they report on a crime, and they don't know who committed the crime.

The passive voice is always better to use than the active voice.  

The following sentence is an example of the passive voice: The house was built in 1821.

The following sentence is an example of the active voice: My grandfather built the house in 1821.


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321 Comments on “Using the PASSIVE voice in English to avoid responsibility”


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thank so much engvid teachers,now i can enhance my English communication with the help of you.

Friday, May 18th 2012

    Hi Emma !
    Please tell me difference between using- have been + V3
    vs was,were + V3 when u use passive voice?

    Yours sincerelly.
    Arcady.

    Friday, April 5th 2013

this lesson is so useful for us,I thank you that every time ENGVID don’t forget us,thank you for teaching,thank you for attention.good luck to all Engvid.members :))
thank from Azerbaijan

Friday, May 18th 2012

11 out of 11 ^_^ that’s perfect ;)

Friday, May 18th 2012

    This is too easy lesson because of that :-)

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

      do you think that you are awesome in English?? :D

      Sunday, May 20th 2012

      Hi everybody
      Really can learn and enjoy in the same time.
      Thanks so much EMMA

      Thursday, May 24th 2012

      hey.. how have you been.
      i am learning for my skills aw well. how about if we both talk to each other . it will be very much helpful for both of us in improving our language.. :)

      Saturday, May 26th 2012

can you help me to know requests please teacher

Friday, May 18th 2012

good lesson from a nice teacher. English was taught by a pretty teacher, but it’s better her haircut lol. thank u Emma.

Friday, May 18th 2012

I got 11 out of 11…By the way, I learnt Passive Voice as follows.
Active : I made a mistake.
Passive : A Mistake was made by me.
Sub ( for Active Voice ) is, using Passive Voice by Whom, to need like by me, by us. we can add main sub of Active Voice as by Whom , Using Passive Voice ??? in this case, No more Avoid Reponsiblity ? cos we can find Who has responsibilty under Passive Voice.

Friday, May 18th 2012

    smart idea ..how cold we name the sentences like this – ” The cake was made by my mother” – active or passive ?

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

      it’s passive

      Sunday, May 20th 2012

      You guys are correct. We can also say: A mistake was made by someone. This is still in the passive form.

      In English, we often have a choice. We can say 1) The cake was eaten by your sister or 2) Your sister ate the cake.

      In general, we try to avoid sentences like # 1 which uses the passive. The first sentence sounds weaker than the second sentence.

      The passive is more frequently used when we don’t know who did an action or when we don’t want to take responsibility. In these cases, we don’t end the sentence with ‘by someone’.

      Monday, May 21st 2012

        Hi Emma Thanks for teaching. It was really helpful i want to learn Simple,compound and complex sentences can you help me to get this.?!!!

        Sunday, July 22nd 2012

        I think there’s another difference given by passive and active voice, it’s weather we give more importance is it to the subject or the object.

        Tuesday, January 8th 2013

        Dear Professor Emma,
        1.It was s very good lesson, however I do prefere your lessons when you are doing exercises with us in the final part od the video.
        I understand that it was a special episode.
        2. Comment to your links with lessons about definitive and infinitive articles or zero article. In my opinion all the videos from this www. site just surfe on the stormy waves of the ocean. We the students will appreciete if you accept our nomination for the post of captain of the ship as far as the presentation of this issue is concerned. And also if you make comments on sentences in exewrscises.

        Yours truly,
        MKJ

        Sunday, May 4th 2014

      Passive one

      Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

      absolutely,passive

      Thursday, December 12th 2013

and one more,,As far as I know, in English there are three Voice. Active Voice, Passive Voice, and Middle Voice ( ex: I enjoy myself ), Middle Voice can be changed into Passive Voice ?
Myself was enjoyed ( by me ) ? No Way. cos Middle Voice means Passive.
Can you maybe explain about Middle Voice exactly ?

Friday, May 18th 2012

Great lesson Emma thanks so much ,and could you please make a lesson about intonation and thanks in advance!!!!

Friday, May 18th 2012

Great lesson thanks….

Friday, May 18th 2012

Dear Emma
the expression is illustrated very good by Emma … is that correct ?
but I think we have to say the subject in some situations in passive voice …
well done

Friday, May 18th 2012

    The expression is well-illustrated by Emma.

    This is one way to use the passive, although in general, the active is preferred.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

    i am living from iraq .i am a.pharmacist.
    i want speak with you .i living in soran

    Sunday, June 24th 2012

Emma, I had never noticed that governments very often use the passive voice to avoid taking responsability for their actions. After this class, I watched some news on television and I observed that, here in Brazil, they also do that a lot of times. Thank you for your eyeopening lesson. bye.

Friday, May 18th 2012

    ))

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

hello Emma
thank u so much for that lesson and I want to congratulate u for the new way that u done it was a great idea to put the videos to be included into the lesson also I like the quiz so thanks a lot engvid and please if it’s possible I want to know if this teacher valen can come back teach us or not?and where is she?

Friday, May 18th 2012

    Meybe in Yevlakh

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

      :D

      Sunday, May 20th 2012

      lol I mean we should asking for her too because she’s a great teacher

      Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Thanks Emma as always!

Friday, May 18th 2012

I also learned that if you want to point who did something even in passive voice we just need to add BY. let me give you an exlemple:
This clase was tought by Emma.
Or that book was written by Cohelo.
By the way, is there a leasson where i can see the difference betwen for and by?
You can get here by plane
the covenant can be seen by all.
We reconcile the diference in the accounts by remembering that eacho of they has …

Friday, May 18th 2012

    Thank you for your comments and examples.

    You’re correct. We also use ‘by someone’ with the passive voice although the active voice is usually preferable if you know the doer of the action.

    In terms of your question, I haven’t seen a ‘for/ by’ video on this site, but I will keep that idea in mind when I make the next videos.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

Thanks Emma.
:)
There are three situations when it is better to use passive sentence instead of an active one.

Situation 1: When we don’t care or don’t know who performs the action.
e.g;
The injured workers were rushed to the hospital.

Situation 2: When we can’t or don’t want to say who performed the action.
e.g;
The window was broken last night.

Situation 3: When we want to place emphasis on the receiver of the action rather than doer.
e.g;
Thousands of homes were destroyed by the hurricane.

Best,
Mursaleen
Skype: mursaleen_1

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    Hi Mursaleen,

    Thanks for your easy to understand list. This is a good summary on when to use the passive voice.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

Hi, Emma! Thank you very much for this lesson! Your examples are so good! I will wait for your next video! :)
Great lesson!

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Now I’ve understood the passive voice.
Thank you, angvid.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Dear Emma,
I’m so grateful 2 u.
N I’ve got a ? plz:
What’s the formula 2 make a future passive?
11/eleven
Lots of tx.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    will/shall + be + past participle

    e.g;
    Active: They will pay me at the end of the month.
    Passive: I will be paid at the end of the month.
    :)

    Saturday, May 19th 2012

      Thank u mursaleen45.
      Moreover:
      “”Simple future tense””
      Active:subject+will/shall+simple verb+object
      Passive:object of the active sentence+will/shall+be+pp+by+ssubject of the active sentence
      e.g:Active:I will write a letter.
      Passive:A letter will be written by me.

      “Changing a negative sentence in2 the passive”=
      Active:She will not help us.
      passive:We will not be helped by her.

      “Chenging an interrogative sentence in2 the passive”=
      Active:Will u help him?
      Passive:Will he be helped by u?

      “”Future perfect tense””
      Active:subject+will/shall+have+pp+object
      Passive:object of the active sentence+will/shall+have+been+pp
      e.g:Active:We shall not have accepted the invitation.
      Pssive:The invitation shall not have been accepted by us.

      “Changing an interrogative sentence
      in2 the passive”=
      Active:Will she have cooked the food?
      Passive:Will the food have been cooked by her?

      Note:
      Active sentences in the “future continuous” n “future perfect continuous” tenses can not be changed 2 the passive.

      It’s my pleasure if I could help 2 all Motivated English S2dents as well as I could.
      The best 4 all.
      Kind Regards,
      fatiima!

      Saturday, May 19th 2012

        one thing, I noticed in each passive sentence is that you are using “by” phrase.

        As we have learned, passive sentences are used when writers don’t know or don’t care who actually performed the action. Thus the majority of the passive sentences do not include “by” phrases. Only when it is important for readers to know who performs the actions do writers include it in passive sentences.
        e.g;
        A letter will be written.
        (In this sentence, don’t care or don’t know about doer.)
        and

        A letter will be written by me.
        (In this sentence, it is important for readers to know who performs the action do writers include ‘by’ phrase.)

        Best,
        Mursaleen

        Saturday, May 19th 2012

          U know,actually it’s not essential 2 write (by+subject),it’s just 4 compliting the sentence.
          Plus;those r all examples n we wanna learn how we can change an active sentence in2 a passive one.
          Anyway…
          G00000dluck with ur English.
          Cheerio!

          Saturday, May 19th 2012

Hi there,

There are two basic patterns we use for passive modals:

modal + be + past participle

This dish can be prepared the night before.
The earthquake could be felt 20 km away.
The easy questions should be answered first.
The tickets would be sold there if possible.
He might be given an award.
Employees must be paid on the last day of the month.
A new government will be elected next year.

modal + have been + past participle

My call should have been answered right away.
Those tickets could have been sold easily.
This house might have been painted last year.
He may have been offered a better job.

Best,
Mursaleen
I love English
Skype: mursaleen_1

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    Hi my buddy,
    I peg your pardon,could you revise this sentence written by you?
    “This dish can be prepared the night before.”It contains a fatal mistake.
    I’m seedygaber from Egypt.
    I very much like English like you.
    Contact me if you please.
    My e-mail address is
    seedygaber@yahoo.com
    farewell

    Monday, June 11th 2012

Dear Emma
I’d like 2 thank u 4 ur efforts
May i ask if it possible 2 make a questions using passive or just answers 4 questions
thnx alot

Saturday, May 19th 2012

I need 5 lecture in a week from EngVid.com

Saturday, May 19th 2012

thanks a lot EMMA you r sweet girl sorry i mean sweet teacher

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Thanks lot madam.
Your video gave me clear picture of how to use active and passive voice.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Fantastic lesson Ema, you’re wonderful teacher… but I need another lesson demonstrates the many different tenses and when to use them and their structures… thx again Ema :)

Saturday, May 19th 2012

awesome, emma is awesome… thanks

Saturday, May 19th 2012

I knew that was different how to use the passive voice and active voice. But I did not know the real meaning at all. I was being tricked by the smart politicians and the opinion newspapers! Oh my G**!

Thank you very much for your awesome lesson. (^^)

Saturday, May 19th 2012

I got the full mark!

Saturday, May 19th 2012

it’s good to improve the english

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Ok! thank you prof. Emma
I liked the explayions.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

I appreciate Emma. An example on active voice.
Emma was appreciated. An example on Passive voice.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

i have got 11 on 11
thank you very much

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Brilliant! Thanks a lot

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Thank you so much Emma , this lesson was very useful for me

Saturday, May 19th 2012

thank you teaching us Emma. L’ll be glad to hear you new activity.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

i do love your page. it’s become a very good tool for improving my english since i found you in youtube, thanks a lot to the teachers and all persons who work here. love u all.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Dear Emma, shall I correct? We use the passive voice when the passive subject is more important than the active subject, like: “A new version of this program was uploaded to the website!”

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    Exactly! In your example, it doesn’t really matter who uploaded the program. The main point is that the program was uploaded.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

perfect Emma :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
I really love your way of teaching.
Cheerful ,,

Saturday, May 19th 2012

thank you Emma Alharbi from KSA(kingdom of saudi arabia)

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Did you cut off your hair?“A mistake was made´´

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    You mean did you get your hair cut?

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

Thank you, i have a question how can we change this active voice to passive. Example : I looked to her eyes or he will be at home

Saturday, May 19th 2012

nice,

Saturday, May 19th 2012

yehey. . . . i got a perfect score in this lesson!!! Awesome! Really help me to improve my english. Thank you guys!

Saturday, May 19th 2012

perfect EMMa . realy i got good concept for your topc so , i have little promblem for english academy or university , so how can i get good understanding for english business

Sunday, May 20th 2012

easy to understand and very useful … thanks Emma ;-)

Sunday, May 20th 2012

its very nice teacher emma

Sunday, May 20th 2012

nice lesson for english learner

Sunday, May 20th 2012

excelent explanation

Sunday, May 20th 2012

I found it very funny, congratulations.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Hi Emma

Sunday, May 20th 2012

thanks for the teachings at list i know i got some grammer in my heard u teachers are so helpful

Sunday, May 20th 2012

I like this website so much

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Hello Team, The video was very nice and helpful. Thanks!!

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Good video, was great when you add a littles videos from the presidents like examples. :-) cool.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

hi emma it was great and usefull thanks alot can you teach us in preasent because i have problem with present

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Your English lesson was very understandable. I liked, I missed two questions. Iam still learning English. thanks you

Sunday, May 20th 2012

I recently joined EngVid group. I found it very informative….Thanks a lot

Sunday, May 20th 2012

thank you for teaching us.good lesson. I am looking forwad new lesson. take care
From LIgt Your fire

Sunday, May 20th 2012

This is too easy lesson because of you
thanks

Sunday, May 20th 2012

cool…

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Emma, congratulations…i know that you pretend another idea with your topics…but, the english lesson is great, i enjoined it very much, by the other hand, i am in according to you about the goverment in his pasive decisions…

Sunday, May 20th 2012

really great lesson Emma! Now I understand when to use passive voice! Thanks a lot.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

Dear Emma

I was wondering here and I finally got a conclusion. Conjunctions are my weakness, I have 5 months of studying but it’s definitely hard to me, so… you could make some videos about conjunctions(“The most important conjuctions” and after other videos talking about other conjuctions), which are very important to the understanding of the english language.

Thanks very much indeed.

LAPIDE

Sunday, May 20th 2012

I mean conjunctions like “as far as”, “as long as”, “as how”, “as well”, “as soon as”,”unless”,”so that”… and others..

Sunday, May 20th 2012

    Thanks for the suggestions Lapide.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

that is an excellent class, I’
am an english teacher and as you know, We must study every single day. Searching for new knolegde. I love this web site and advice my students to acess.

Sunday, May 20th 2012

    That is an excellent class, I
    am an english teacher and as you know, We must study every single day. Searching for new knowledge. I love this web site and advice my students in order to take a look and watch these videos.

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

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Sunday, May 20th 2012

thank you very much for sharing a wonderful lesson

Monday, May 21st 2012

Awesome lesson. A great lesson was learned.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Hi Emma,
I really appreciate you for your wholehearted,sincere work.You truly deserve a lot of appreciation because you explain everything clearly and easily with a view to practical usage of any rule .In the other hand, Grammar books deal with the construction of passive voice.They just define how to form sentences using passive ,but the writer often fails to clarify in which context as well as in which situation they should be used.Before framing a sentence in passive voice, one needs to understand clearly and exactly what they want to emphasize because the emphasis/focus is extremely important in turning a sentence into its passive form.I have included a few instances where this construction could be followed.
1.My friend sent a message to me last night.
2.I was sent a message last night.
3.A message was sent to me last night.
In my very first example,the emphasis is on the sender of the message.I indicate that it was a friend of mine who sent me the message.If I wanted to name my friend, I would replace “my friend” with their name.
In the second example,I focus on the receiver of the action who obtained the bucks.Here, It’s me who got the money.
In the last example,the emphasis is on the thing associated with this action .
So,three different questions can be asked as well as replied.
One might be interested to know who gave the money,or who received it or what was given.
In addition to determining the actual focus, one must use this construction appropriately.
Mam, I request you to correct my sentences if you detect any mistakes in them.
Looking forward to getting an early response.

Monday, May 21st 2012

    Hi Sona,

    I’m glad to see you have a strong understanding of these voices. You’re correct that each sentence has a different emphasis.

    Your sentences were correct, but for the second and third example, I didn’t realize they were about money until I read your analysis of them.

    Excellent work! Thank you for sharing this.

    Monday, May 21st 2012

Very good and useful lesson. on the top of that it’s easy to understand. Thank, Love Engvid.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Thanks. It is a good lesson!

Monday, May 21st 2012

I love your hairstyle. It’s beautiful. Also thanks for your great lesson.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Thank you Emma
I like your smile and new hairdo :)

Monday, May 21st 2012

I lke your smile and thanks for lesson

Monday, May 21st 2012

I thank all the teachers.It is really very useful to speak in better English.Thanks a lot.

Monday, May 21st 2012

i have scored 10 marks out of 11.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Great!

Of course, mistakes weren’t made … this time 11/11

We want more :)

PS I think I’m still beginner in English, so correct my mistakes.
Thanks and take care :)

Monday, May 21st 2012

Greetings From Brazil,Emma(Idon’t know if you are Ms or Mrs.),but what I do want to is showing if I am right.You may correct me if i am wrong:

1-Passv=ive voice is used when you don’t want to know who did the action.
e.g.:The rock was thrown

2.Active voice is stronger than passive voice and I can take the responsability for anything I do

e.g.:The tree was cut down by me

Thanks.

Monday, May 21st 2012

    Hi dsilva,

    Both of your examples are the passive voice.

    The rock was thrown. (Passive)

    The rock was thrown by me. (Passive)

    I threw the rock. (Active)

    We use the passive voice mainly when we don’t know who did something or we don’t want to identify the person who did something.

    However, we can also use the passive voice when the action itself is the focus of the sentence and has more emphasis than the person who did the action (this is when we use ‘by + someone’).

    The passive voice is considered weaker than the active voice. Look at the following examples:

    1) Sam broke the lamp. (Active)
    2) The lamp was broken by Sam. (Passive)

    These sentences mean the same thing, but the first sentence is stronger and usually preferable to the second.

    Let me know if you have anymore questions.

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

Dear Emma,excuse me,I meant “I cut the tree.

Thanks a lot.

Monday, May 21st 2012

    Oh excellent! This is a perfect example of the active.

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

US presidents are very tricky, they used passive voice to avoid responsibilities

Monday, May 21st 2012

Thanks for the lesson.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Hi Emma. You are very nice. :)
I am wondering why there is no any article in the sentence
“I ate cake”.
Is it incorrect?
“I ate a cake”

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

    “I ate a cake” implies you ate an entire cake, which is probably not the case. “I ate cake” means you ate some cake.

    (You could also say something like “I ate a slice/two slices/a lot of cake”.)

    Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

      Thank you so much, it is usefull information for me.

      Saturday, May 26th 2012

Thanks you so much for this lesson !!

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

great>> thanx

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Thanks Emma, for your wonderful lesson!

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

aaaaamazing

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

thaks a lot , this website is very useful. ı m gonna continue to follow you .

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Great!
Thanks so much for your lesson Emma.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Thanks a lot for the lesson… Very well explained.. :)

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Thanks emma, have a great day

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

hi every body iam very glad to join you

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

I learn English for 2 month. I’v got 11 on 11 and I’m very proud of myself :). Thank You very much

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

11 out 11 got crazy after seeing this

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

I love your teaching
this lesson is useful for me to teach my students

love
Xay
Skype: xaybannavong

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Emma!
I’ve wanted to say thank you so much for teaching English well.

and , you got your hair cut off! looks good on you:)

I hope i can keep learning English from you at this site. Thanks a million, Emma!

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Thank you very much : )
i really like this website

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Dear my teacher, you said that active voices are better; which sentences should i prefer?
My friend gave me a present or
I was given a present.

Thursday, May 24th 2012

    Both of these sentences are good to use. If you want people to know your friend was the one who got you the present, use the first. If it isn’t really important who got you the present, just the fact that you got a present, use the second.

    Please note: “My friend gave me a present” is more preferable than “A present was given to me by my friend.”

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

11/11 perfect ! Thanks Ema !

Friday, May 25th 2012

thank you very much for the lesson. It was very clear and illustrated with accurate examples. I really appreciate your work !

Friday, May 25th 2012

thank u so much,its really helpful to me

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Hi! Great lesson!
It’s just llike that here in Brazil! hehe

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Thank you very much
i really like this website

Thank you Emma

Monday, May 28th 2012

11/11 thanks Emma.

Monday, May 28th 2012

xlent!!!!!!

Monday, May 28th 2012

you are a great teacher emma i really have understand this lesson than you so much

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Dear Teacher,

Thank you for your good Lesson.

Ramu

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

I’ve made a big mistake today too.
A big mistake has been made today too.
Is it correct, teacher?

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

    I made a big mistake. A big mistake has been made. Both of these are correct.

    Saturday, June 9th 2012

really it is helpfull. Could you please explain in detail more

Wednesday, May 30th 2012

Hi Emma, first of all I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your lesson. I never realized that using the passive voice in some cases was a way to take away responsibilities. You’re so clever for making the connection. One mistake I noticed on your video, you used the word “government’s army”, well The government doesn’t have any army, it is the state’s army. Government changes periodically, states stay ever the same, and so its army. In fact that’s one of the requirements of modern states, besides of having a territory of its own and being recognized by all the other countries in the world, and a few more requirements which I don’t remember right now. I’m studying law, so I had to point it out, it’s a very common mistake, thinking that the government and the state are synonyms.

I would have add (not for you because OF COURSE you already know this, just for the other people) that you can use by if you wanted to point out who made the action, but a lot of people said that before me. Although (again as you know, but I’m saying this for the other people) it’s not necessary.

By the way, I like your hair, but I liked it more before you cut it :P

Thursday, May 31st 2012

I have a tough question to Emma. I am about writing my PhD research. My prof. told me not to use the first person “I”. Instead of it I can use “the author”, “this research” or “the passive voice”.I would like to know, if there is any rule to prioritize their use

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

how to improve english emma?? (i am from nepal)

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

good job thanks all espeaily emma

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

tnx Emma. i still have no specific idea about the use of passive sentences.. when to use and how to use??? plz give some basic ideas about it plzzzzzzzzzzzzz dear mam…

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

I hope to attend in your class in USA to see you also improve my English skills.
thank you so much.

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

thanks emma

Monday, June 4th 2012

thank you so much.

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Very clear and precise explanation. Thank you

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Hi Emma,very informative.
I wish to join your class.

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Is excellent I love it!!

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Thanks Emma I really love your lession

Thursday, June 7th 2012

She is so sweet and smart! I am very happy to improve my english!

Sucess for everybody!

Thursday, June 7th 2012

Hi Emma, I would like to ask what is the different between ‘ significally affecting’ and ‘affecting significally’. ?, and in what suitation i should use. Thank you

Friday, June 8th 2012

Hi Emma and grateful for your lesons

Friday, June 8th 2012

Hello EmmA . thank you a lot . you are one of the best teachers . the God bless you .

Friday, June 8th 2012

This is the first time that I learn about passive and active voice. It is very important that we need to lear about what is difference betwen passive and active voice in speeking and writting. We use active voice dress our responsibility, identify real time,

Sunday, June 10th 2012

I was studying English for 7 months and twenty four seven,now I am sick and tired of studying English.i can not improve my speaking,and writing!what should I do?I am really boring.

Sunday, June 10th 2012

Dear Emma,
We write a famous sentence in paragraphs.It is”Tourism is considered a main source of the national income in Egypt.”
Is this sentence weak according to your elucidating?
so many thanks for working ahollic.

Monday, June 11th 2012

Dear Emma,
Thanks for the explanation.
You saved me a few hours of staring at my book.

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

thank you emma we all love you stay with us please we waiting pretty much your lessons and thank you engvid ………….(:

Thursday, June 14th 2012

Dear Emma,
Your lessons are really helpful and enjoyable:)
Thank you!
I just dont get one thing:
in different videos,movies,interviews I see people ,who pronounce the word “often” in different ways:pronouncing the “t” sound and without it.
I see that u do pronounce that.
My english teacher at school told me,that the correct pronounciation is without “t”.
But i think, that you should better know it,as you are a native speaker:)
Although,i heard other native speakers,who pronounced that word without “t”.
Could you please tell me which way of pronounciation is correct?
Or both ways are admissible?

Saturday, June 16th 2012

Dear Emma
Your lessons are really helpful and enjoyable
Thank you
iam from Afghanastan

Sunday, June 17th 2012

Thank you so much for your lesson and I would lick to identify that the object should be determined first and then you have to put it in the begining of the sentence of passive voice.After that you have to tell us about the auxiliary how could they chaing bast on the subject.thank you

Monday, June 18th 2012

very good

Thursday, June 21st 2012

Emma was loved by me

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Thanks a lot. Emma.

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Thank you Emma

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

wonderful :)

Wednesday, June 27th 2012

As i become to know this program ‘engvid.com’ my knowledge is getting better in term of writing sentences.
Bounnhot

Saturday, June 30th 2012

that’s very good practice listening how to teaching English as a second and foreign language

Bounnhot

Saturday, June 30th 2012

Dear Teacher(Emma)

Your teaching system very nice,any body can understand
Thanks

Monday, July 9th 2012

thanks lotsa!

Friday, July 13th 2012

thanks a million

Friday, July 13th 2012

A lot of skills were taken from your site. Thanks

Saturday, July 14th 2012

I really like it

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Hi, thanks for the lesson, but I want to ask.
in the passive voice. we start the sentence with the Objet or with Noun?

Sunday, July 15th 2012

Dear Miss Emma: I really understand passive voice by your lesson, i like to get it up, and your teaching style is very nice Like it very much…Thanks a lot teacher…

Sunday, July 15th 2012

beautiful teaching style, i like it very much! thanks teacher and all team…

Sunday, July 15th 2012

Thanks for the lesson, it really helps me to improve my english (I am a french learner)

Monday, July 16th 2012

Thanks A lot for this educational site. Actually it is usefull. I like it so much. Please don’t stop and go on.

Monday, July 16th 2012

Dear Miss Emma: I like your way of teaching, Thanks

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

Thans so much!
Everything’s clear!

Kind regards,
Handwriting

Sunday, July 22nd 2012

hi i have a question from about pasive voice and active voice .
they go to school. how can we change this sentence into pasive voice

Monday, July 23rd 2012

Thans so much!
Everything’s understood

Monday, July 23rd 2012

Hello, dear Emma!
Thank you for this lesson!

Speaking of Passive Voice usage, how many tenses are used in English? My question might sound strange, though I can often hear from my teachers that there are 24 tenses in English. When my knowledge of English was week, I didn’t question it. But now I can argue with them, how they could count 24 tenses. To the best of my knowledge 12 tenses are used in the active voice and only 8 among them are used in the Passive voice. I can’t understand my Ukrainian teachers. 12+8 only 20, but still I can’t understand why 20. What is the difference bitween Past Simple active and PastSimple passive?
He built the bridge in 1890. The bridge was built in 1890. The same tense and the same rule to use Past Simple. To my view it is wrong to count tenses in active and in passive voice as different ones, isn’t it? Thank you for your answer!So, there are only 12.

Monday, July 23rd 2012

Great lesson thanks….

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

You are very nice EMMA.

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

You are very nice EMMA.

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

Emma, thank you. But could you help me with these sentences.
She has been given flowers.
She has been giving flowers.
These sentences are active voice?

Thank you again.

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

Emma, thank you. But could you help me with these sentences.
She has been given flowers.
She has been giving flowers.
These sentences are active voice?

Thank you again.

Thursday, July 26th 2012

My dear teacher , In spoken English passive voice is commonly used. I have little bit knowledge to use passive voice, but I wanna get command in it and want to rid of all confusion. I always face confusion to differentiate between Transitive and intransitive verbs. for understanding Passive voice, intransitive verbs must be known. please,please clear my intransitive verb. this is my humble request to my beloved teacher.
thanks with best wishes….

Thursday, July 26th 2012

this is the best website i’ve ever seen ,a superb place to spend the time with !!

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Thanks Emma and ENGVID.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Hi Emma I don´t understand this question? please could you help me because was my only mystake thanks

The passive voice is always better to use than the active voice.
True
False- Most of the time, we prefer to use the active voice.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Hi dear Emma.You’re learning very well.Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Nice Smile again Emma. Great Job and you are really excellent. Thanks for your time.

Friday, August 3rd 2012

You are very nice EMMA.

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Emma, I had never been presented to the passive voice this way.

Thanks!

Monday, August 6th 2012

Thanks Emma !!

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Hi Emma
on behalf of all the students am gonna congratulate you this great contemporary way of teaching English.
Thank you

Thursday, August 9th 2012

thanks a lot teacher Emma and i hope to see you in the true world to Present to you a mountain of gold as a gift for these great lessons .

Saturday, August 11th 2012

Thank you, Emma, I understand

Sunday, August 12th 2012

Emma is my favorite teacher…. It`s a good way to teach for beginners.

Monday, August 13th 2012

Very good class. Since I found this site I always see the classes to practice my english. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 14th 2012

The same Arabic thanks

Wednesday, August 15th 2012

But I want to pronounce the letters

Be when I raed I have a problem with pronunciation of sentences

Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Thank you Emma. I am from Thailand and I am studying English. English is very difficult for me but when I watch your EngVid lessons, I really like it.

Thank you

Saturday, August 25th 2012

Thank you Miss Emma =) U’r quite good.

Sunday, August 26th 2012

Hi,dear Emma,You’re really very good teacher.Thank you! I got clarity of the usage of difference, very clearly. Thanks to the engvid team.

Monday, August 27th 2012

Hi teacher Emma! thank you so much for this lesson. I learned a lot. You are a very good teacher.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Let

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

Hi Ema or everybody,
How can I answer the quiz because in the screen or my computer doesn’t appear the questions when I click in quiz, I have tried with some lessions with the same result???

Thursday, August 30th 2012

    Please try again. The quiz was not working in Internet Explorer 9 for a little while, but it should now be fixed!

    Monday, September 10th 2012

Good Lesson!

Thursday, August 30th 2012

Thank you Emma.

Friday, August 31st 2012

PerFeCt Emma

Saturday, September 1st 2012

Emma you showed me a difference between active and passive voices in a very simple way.Thanks so much.

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

Your lessons are perfect,Emma.thank you

Thursday, September 6th 2012

now, I can to use the Passive and Active Voice , thank Emma

Monday, September 10th 2012

^_^ thank u

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

Hi Emma
what are the different between two sentences
(a mistake will be made& a mistake have been made)thank you for your respond

Monday, September 17th 2012

Thanks Emma

Thursday, September 20th 2012

hey emma,
can u explain me how to identify d sound of “CH” words,
like chore, chicago, chaos , in each word ch word make a different sounds… plz help

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Really Thanks to Engvid website.

Now i have option to learn perfect and correct English.One more thing all teacher have good way to how to teach and what can be the needs of students.

Thanks!

Monday, October 1st 2012

thank you so much teacher Emma.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

thank you so much dear teacher Emma.

Sunday, October 7th 2012

Very clear your explanantion about Passive and Active voices….congratulations.

Monday, October 8th 2012

Emma, thank you. It was helpful.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Your lessons are really perfect and I like them a lot. I was told that Passive voice is important to be used otherwise our writing will be boring so we should use the passive for better flow either in essays or descriptions.

Saturday, October 13th 2012

Very very interesting!
Good work! :)

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

good lesson.

Sunday, October 21st 2012

i’ve got 11 out of 11.thank u emma.. :)

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Nice :) thank you Emma

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Hello Emma!! It was the incredible lesson all the time!! I love this web and you guys!! Most of sites dont wanna share their lessons for free.. U r the pioneer~^^

Sunday, November 11th 2012

Hi dear Emma,You’re really very good teacher.Thank you! I got clarity of the usage of difference, very clearly Your lessons are really perfect and I like them a lot. I was told that Passive voice is important to be used otherwise our writing will be boring so we should use the passive for better flow either in essays or descriptions.
Thank you very much it was helpful for me.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Thank you for the lesson teacher

Thursday, November 15th 2012

Thank you very match
my score is 11

Thursday, November 15th 2012

How to make this sentence passive,

The bell (ring) at the beginning of each lesson.

Friday, November 16th 2012

good one! that helps. Thank you Emma

Wednesday, November 21st 2012

Thank now I learned how to use the passive voice

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

thanks to all of you.

Friday, November 23rd 2012

a person travell arround the world in eighty days miss please change the voice

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thanks Emma! I got 11/11. :)

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

I think the sentence” I ate the cake ” is an example of an active one

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

You are relly a fabulous TEAM!

Saturday, December 1st 2012

Thanks Emma for your efforts. You are really a great teacher. I wish you were my teacher in the USA. Thanks a lot and GOD bless you

Thursday, December 6th 2012

Emma, you are a wise woman, i like your example about politicians

Sunday, December 9th 2012

Enjoyed the bites you played in between :). I equally like both the great personality of USA.

Thursday, December 13th 2012

thenk you Emma for lesson!

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

My favorite teacher! :) thanks!

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Every english students who have passed advance level,if they want to remind their english leson,the best way is Engvid free online school.Thanks for all Engvid natice teachers,

Sunday, January 6th 2013

Thanks for all graid english native teachers that have been giving a very good ways for me.Faithfully yours,

Sunday, January 6th 2013

Thanks Emma a lot. You’ve made clear explanations. However I have a problem with prepositions in the passive such as : of, by, from ……. ( made of, made by , made from . . )
and the positions of prep. of place , prep. of time and by + agent ) ? Could you explain them for me ? Look forward to yr explanation . I love you. My Emma….

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

That was a great lesson! Thank you, beautiful Emma.

I like your blouse and the necklace, I think you should wear earrings too :)

Monday, January 21st 2013

Hello! Emma, thank you very much for your lecture on the different between an Active n passive Voice. I could understand voices from your lecture that an active sentence the subject has been expressed to be active (‘DOER’ of action),whereas the object has not been given much importance. And a passive sentence the object has been given considerable importance whereas the subject has not been mentioned even. The thing that makes me confuse here is adding By + Doer of action (Subject) as well as omitting it in Passive sentence. e.g. (1)Good men are praised by people. (2) Good men are praised. My question is when does the by + doer need to add, and to omit it in Passive sentence?

Friday, February 1st 2013

Hi! Emma, thank you very much for your lecture on the different between an Active n passive Voice. I could understand voices from your lecture that an active sentence the subject has been expressed to be active (‘DOER’ of action),whereas the object has not been given much importance. And a passive sentence the object has been given considerable importance whereas the subject has not been mentioned even. The thing that makes me confuse here is adding By + Doer of action (Subject) as well as omitting it in Passive sentence. e.g. (1)Good men are praised by people. (2) Good men are praised. My question is when does the by + doer need to add, and to omit it in Passive sentence?

Friday, February 1st 2013

Hi Amma your explanation was great and thankyou for your help.

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Hi, we just watched your lesson, great lesson!

Monday, February 18th 2013

thanck you alot teatcher. The lesson was tought by an amazing teatcher “)

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Very useful lesson, thank you!

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Obama ………he’s so handsome,dont u think so?

Thursday, March 21st 2013

Hello everybody. Emma, could you please prepare a video lesson about telephone conversation using formal English. It would be great if you could teach us the different ways to answer the phone at work. Thank you.
You and the other teachers do a great job.

Thursday, March 28th 2013

Emma I love the way you teach, thank you very much.

Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

It was a good lesson. Such kind of lessons will improve our English. Thanks.

Sunday, April 7th 2013

One of the best lesson have I ever seen

Friday, April 12th 2013

Hi EMMA! thanks u 4 this lesson. i like the passive voice. but it was very easy. learn us please the passive voice in the question, the passive v. of the nouns uncountable.

Tuesday, April 16th 2013

Thank you so much

Saturday, May 11th 2013

In this case was made only one wrong.

Sunday, June 2nd 2013

thank you for teaching and test, IT was helpful and useful.

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

Thank you Emma. The lesson was great. when you teach all things become really easy.

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

You got 11 correct out of 11.
:D

Friday, June 21st 2013

i got 11 correct answer out of 11 thank alot but i know it needs more practice …

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

i got 11 correct answer out of 11 thank alot but i know it needs more practice …

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

11/11 ,this will help alot.Thank you

Saturday, June 29th 2013

Incredible lesson! I appeciated it, thank you Emma!

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Hi Emma, I am feeling quite difficulty to make the following sentence into passive. Will you help me please.

Active Sentence : They don’t seem to know the desolation.

Thursday, July 11th 2013

This video helped me a lot! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

Thanks Emma.

Wednesday, July 24th 2013

Thanks Emma it was perfect :)

Saturday, July 27th 2013

hello emma, great lesson.
I wonder if you could explain the differnce between the get-passive and the be-passive.
the problem is that sometimes you cannot know if the past participle is a adjectives or not:

The window was broken, i.e Someone or something broke the window.
The window was broken, i.e. The window was not intact. (resultant state)

The window got broken cannot have a stative meaning.

this example was taken from wikipedia, i`m not sure if it is a good source you can learn from.

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

Thank you very much Emma! Excellent lesson!
Thank you Engvid!

Sunday, August 11th 2013

Thanks a lot Emma.
I got 11 out of 11 –> no serious mistake was make !!!

Thursday, September 12th 2013

thank you so much.

Saturday, September 14th 2013

Hi everybody! As the saying is: “A friend in need is a friend indeed”, so from now on you’re my very friends because I was really in need before I visit this website. And I want you to keep connected with me and discuss a lot because, “Practice makes perfect”. So you can join me in my e-mail address:myselfall28@gmail.com, ENGLISH ONLY!!!

Sunday, September 22nd 2013

THANKS EMMA, THANKS ENGVID, THANKS EVERYDAY

Sunday, September 22nd 2013

Skype ID Iftixar17 ..—->If you want to improve your speaking level like me ,you can add me at skype for talking.

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Thanks a lot Ms Emma! You’re great teacher!!!

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Thank you.

Saturday, December 21st 2013

11/11 Good points… :)

Friday, January 17th 2014

Thanks a lot Emma, Lesson was delivered. 100% marks was gotton. These are examples of passive voice. Again thanks.

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

thanks:)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Thank you^^ God bless you~

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Hi Ms Emme thank you for this lesson I understand this lesson but I want lesson about how to use fax? Please
then thank you very much

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

well, i had studyed the passive voice in my school, but I didn’t known why I must studyed this.. But today I deeply know it. Thanks alot, Emma,….

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Hi Emma! I am now clear with voices . But I have a few doubts. Hope you’ll reply.
It’s easy with the sentences like this,
This work was done by Emma.
But in the following cases I am really confused.
Please explain me which one of these sentences are correct and why.
1.Cartoon serials are watched for a long time by the children.
2.Cartoon serials are watched by the children for a long time.
I am really sorry ,if you find this question a bit silly.But it’ll really be helpful for me to score the mark I deserve in my board exam.
please help me.please please please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 12th 2014

Finally,I know the difference between passive and native sentence.
It let me know what is the situation that we have to use passive or native.
Thank for your lesson,Emma.
You are the best.Take care.

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

You need to fix que first question on the Quiz, the correct answer is “true” however it states incorrect.

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Emma can you sent your email if you don’t might ?

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

thank you

Friday, June 6th 2014

Thanks Emma :)

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

I Thank you !

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

I got the perfect score! Thanks~!

Thursday, July 31st 2014

Hi Emma,
I just found this website it’s really helpful.
I have problem with tense, it confusing me when i write an essay. I really want
your help ASAP, i will have assessment test, in order to get in the college. Can you give me some vocabulary that i can use in writing an essay! Or can you give me any tip. My test this upcoming Tuesday, i don’t have time to watch all videos. I hope you will replay to me.
Thanks

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

Great lesson Teacher!! I loved it so much!! I got 10!! :)
Thanks Emma!! :p

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

Thanks Emma!Good lesson :)

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

thanks Emma for the explanation .

Saturday, August 30th 2014

noooooooooo!!! i must be got 100%. there must be something wrong with quiz software.
okay leave it

thanks a lot Emma…your way of teaching with a smile is awesome. keep it on.

Friday, September 12th 2014

i got very need full key words in your upload….i have been seen several videos about passive voice….but that political example is unleashed my mind.

Thank you very much.

Friday, September 12th 2014

Thank you very Mach Emma , I got 10 from 11 which is good for me in this lesson

Friday, September 19th 2014

11 out of 11. very useful videos.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

thanks a lot for the lesson , it’s was really helpful for me , take care

Monday, October 6th 2014

just thanks

Sunday, November 2nd 2014

That was great Emma:))
I have a question by the way and I think it’s not the best place to ask it but believe me I didn’t knew where to ask it :)
Is it OK to take this lessons one by one without any order ? That’s what i do !!!

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

wow!11/11 thanks engvid,this is really a big help for me.

Friday, November 14th 2014

Thank you so much Emma, I enjoy with your explication. of “passive voice”. can you give us some situation wen we use passive voice. and we can’t? thnks.

Monday, December 1st 2014
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