128 Comments on “English Grammar – Introduction to the Passive”

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Uauuu thats nice.

Saturday, June 6th 2009

    How’s it hangin ?

    Friday, March 24th 2017

mmm , i was before kind of confusion abt passive , but now iam quite ok

Saturday, June 6th 2009

ya,its gud but,what about the rest of the other tenses.
such as
present continous,and model auxiliaries??????
i need more lectures on passive plzzzzzzz

Monday, June 8th 2009


    with the present continuous tense
    (is/are + being + P.P)
    eg.> changes that are being wrought…
    with modal verbs
    (can/must + be + P.P)
    eg.> food production can be increased.
    > you must be restrained

    Wednesday, June 29th 2011

Very nice Lesson keep it up

Monday, June 8th 2009

Sorry James but I don’t think that was the correct form to explain the passive voice

Monday, June 8th 2009

your explanation was very clearly, please give the quiz…………..thanks

Tuesday, June 9th 2009

Hey, como estas all? Good work bro! keep it up!

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Good job !

Thursday, June 11th 2009

god bless for your help for english learning students

Tuesday, June 16th 2009

“Your teaching is excellent! I’m very grateful to you. When I started, my speaking was not good. Now I speak English fluently. I never translate. I speak automatically, just like you said I would!”

Monday, June 22nd 2009

Amazing lesson so useful, is one of the best and important lessons that I had seen!! Thanks James

Monday, July 20th 2009

I like ur way of teaching. thnx alot for ur lessons
god bless u

Saturday, September 5th 2009

I am greatful you JAMES you are so cute I love your teaching is beautiful thanks a lot James passive voice is very important to improve english byee James

Monday, September 14th 2009

Hi James
very good lessons.
could you give examples for the four passive options(tructures).

Tuesday, December 29th 2009

hi James
very good lesson. could you please give me some examples for the fourth passive options that you mentioned.

Tuesday, December 29th 2009

this lesson has been thought up by you very nice…thank you dude

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010

i hope that i enjoy it

Saturday, April 10th 2010

WOW you left me with my mouth wide open, I have never had such a cool explanation about passive voice, and especially now that I’am starting to give classes and hate grammar, I am totally copying you. I am going to teach this topic to my students just like you did. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH

Sunday, April 25th 2010

Thanks!! very good!

Thursday, May 27th 2010

Thanks a lot!! it’s nice.

Wednesday, June 9th 2010

It’s nice…thanks.

Wednesday, June 9th 2010

This is all fun and all but this is the easy passive there are many other passive parts that are so hard.

Monday, June 14th 2010

my eyes had been irritated by some dust….
gotta sleep…
good night!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 7th 2010

hi , thank you for your effort. but i am sorry to ask you again if you can explaiin lesson without usinge this fucking execuuuuuuuu. it’s nothing what the add value of this excuuu , nothing. it make me all over in the map

Monday, November 1st 2010

Hello Mr James,Thanks a do not have any idea how helpful is you’r make the lessons easy to learn.You teach English lesson perfectly .Thank you for your are the best teacher i have ever had.

Saturday, November 13th 2010

hi Mr James

it is good but we need examples about passive persent perfact as past perfect and will

Sunday, November 14th 2010

It’s nice…thanks.

Monday, November 15th 2010

what you are doing is great but i think that Mr. James is losing too much time to explain a rule or the difference between two tenses. is the way you teach communicative?

Friday, December 24th 2010

thank you mr James,your way of teaching English lesson has been attracted me and i am requesting you to give us more time in every lesson like this one for passive voice ,any way i liked your effort and i will attend your course.thank you again

Saturday, December 25th 2010

It’s nice..thank’s

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

i was before kind of confusion about passive,but now i am quite ok.
good job!!Thank’s james

Thursday, January 13th 2011

could I ask a question Mr. James: if I want to make this tag question”there used to be people in the house ……….can I say didn’t there? …….plz answer cause I REALLY NEED IT….

Friday, January 14th 2011

Thank you Mr. James,but I want to more example….

Thursday, March 10th 2011

thank you Mr. james u are good teacher and we dont need more exemples it’s ok

Thursday, April 7th 2011

Very usefull

Monday, April 25th 2011

giv me more lessons on active and passive voice to clear more thank you……….

Saturday, June 11th 2011

Thanks James

Monday, June 13th 2011


Monday, June 13th 2011

james you are a great teacher. great teching.

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

Thanks James

Tuesday, July 12th 2011

ohh…i was not aware about your website but now i am very happy to found this amazing grammar lesson video. i hope i will learn grammar very easily by listening to this video……

thank you for giving correct way of learning the grammar.

Saturday, July 23rd 2011

thank you very much i thought it was difficult but now it’s too easy

Tuesday, July 26th 2011

its nice to learn from here but same is the case vid me that i need to learn not only a part of this but the entire….i mean in all cases like for all tenses..

Sunday, August 7th 2011

Hi! This web is so good. This is the first day that I stand in here, and I can say “I’m really really thanks for many lessons that I can download from here.
From Cambodia

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Dear James,
you are funny teacher,and i like it the way of your teaching us.

Monday, September 5th 2011

it is nice lessne but mr.e has made mistake, thought is not the correct one teach past tens is taught

Friday, September 9th 2011

hi james i just want to know what is v2b.could you kindly help me on this…..

Saturday, September 17th 2011

thanks/it was very very interesting.

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Very good lesson thanks a lot James
have a good day.

Monday, October 10th 2011

good lesson. thanks james. viejo james where can i find the quiz about this topic?

Thursday, November 10th 2011

i am in intermediate level/ in linguocentre i don’t know why i’m not understand clearly your teachingJAMES// because you spek very very very QUICKLY/fellow

Friday, December 23rd 2011

hi james i was bad at passive and now u have enlightened me with ur teaching
plz make video about active voice aswell please

Friday, January 6th 2012

please help me to change into passive voice this sentences: 1. An actor killed president Abraham Lincoln. 2. Everyone can see the film soon. 3 Millions of people watch this TV programme. 4. His parents have bought him a new bicycle. 5. A van has taken the load

Sunday, January 29th 2012

i wanna talk about your comment.If I am not mistaken,It would be :1.President Abraham Lincoln was killed by An actor,2.the film can be saw,3.this programme is watched by millions of people and e.t.c

Sunday, February 12th 2012

    i think the secont sentences was written wrong bocouse the p.p for saw is seen

    Saturday, March 24th 2012

thanks a lot, it’s funny to learn with you.

Friday, February 17th 2012

Thanks alot.
It’s very exciting.
However, althought it very basic, it vey useful to practice and listen.

Saturday, February 25th 2012

thank you so much for your classes man are wonderful.

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Thank you for such a great way of teaching.

Thursday, March 1st 2012

William Shatner

Sunday, April 29th 2012

when we you to be + P.P ?? who can explain to me ?

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

thanx! passive voice is such a difficult thing

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Nice clear explanation of the form (of the Passive Voice)but the use (why after all do we use P.v)remains less stressed upon.

Friday, May 25th 2012

So nice explanation thanks teacher you are the B E S T ! ! !

Saturday, May 26th 2012

what is the passive form of this sentence “I am reviewing by myself”. Appreciate it if someone will change it into passive. Thanks in advance!

Friday, June 15th 2012

it’s useful but what out other tenses? and please give us some quiz.

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

James you are the best teacher. simply i love you and your teaching…

Saturday, August 11th 2012

yeh i’m here i want speak english please

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

I don’t understand at 8.22-8.23 and 9.01-9.02.
Could somebody write for me, please?


Thursday, November 22nd 2012

What about- James is ‘writing’ the message
Will it change to be:
a) the message ‘was being written’ by James
b) the message ‘was written’ by James

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

well , MR. James ur such amazing teacher thanks ur soooooooo cooool

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

Hi James ,

Could you tell the relactive clause ?
Take care of you

Thursday, December 13th 2012

Hello James , very interesting lesson, just I would like you add a short test as usually.
Thanks so much, your lesson really help me.

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

firstly i want to say u r just great teacher.
but I am a little confused as am not able to understand the sequence of the videos and its getting really hard for me to understand.
i want to learn good English and want to do it in the most proper and effective way i can.
so if u can suggest me a proper way to catch the sequence it would be great.
by the ways thanks a lot.

Saturday, January 19th 2013

Hi teacher , please help with this sentence…. I don`t know whether to put BY or WITH….. HERE IT IS…..”The hall look was made more beautiful ….. the lights.” I hope you will answer me soon…

Thursday, February 21st 2013

Hi! thank you for your lessons!!! I want to ask for help. Which preposition to choose?
– The glass was broken by/with a stone. I found the rule that says- after verbs to destroy, to break we should put preposition by- The house was destroyed by fire. So what about the stone?
Please, help me)))))

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

This lesson has been done by James and watched by me. Thanks a lot, James!

Sunday, March 10th 2013

Thanks but pls give us more example pleeeeeeeeease.

Sunday, April 7th 2013

wooooooow you helped me a lot

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013

hello Teacher with old do respect is there a mistake when you said s+v2b+p.p I thik my Teather It’s o+v2b+p.p thank you ^_^

Sunday, July 28th 2013

the lesson has been seen by me thanks

Sunday, July 28th 2013

sorry will all do respect I ment

Monday, July 29th 2013

    with all do respect I ment
    I dont know whats wrowng with my keyboard ^_^

    Monday, July 29th 2013

thank’s for all

Monday, September 30th 2013

sir how to do this sentence in passive..?
They bought me a watch..
She takes after her sister….and
My father offered him…..

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

amaaaazing you made it so easy
but i can’t find the quiz

Friday, November 29th 2013

Nice and cool lesson.

Thursday, May 8th 2014

James you’re awesome !!

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

i hope this teacher teach me in future . if he teach me the class will be funny hhhhhhhhh

good luck teacher

Monday, June 2nd 2014

thanks it was clear and perfect

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

nice one bro tnks

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Hi James! Is it passive voice ” I’m worried about work”? I can’t understand this sentence

Monday, November 24th 2014

who did the caption???? You should check all the subtitling since is so full of mistakes.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

hmmmm :) :) now iam quite OK now but stilllllll….. :( :(

Thursday, November 27th 2014

thank you so much teacher.

Sunday, November 30th 2014

I don’t know how you are doing is awesome. As all know very well, it is useful also no one deny being beneficial anyway To learn how to do this is proved by these guys. I take off my hat for you some as before. on the other hand I have been to U.K for 3 month but I haven’t seen someone who teachs successfully basically the way of learning is great.To be clear, smart, short, effective is so important. Thanks guys..

Saturday, December 6th 2014


Monday, December 8th 2014

Hi James

I hope you can help me. My question is about : BEEN !
I am very confused bout it.

Mr. E wrote: this lesson has been thought up by Mr. E. Why is there ”the” been? Couldn’t i say ; this lesson has thought up …?, cause i also say i’ve broken my leg and not i’ve been broken my leg, right? Generally i do not get why it is not: this lesson was thought up by Mr. E.

I thank you very much.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

great teach
thank u so much

Friday, January 2nd 2015

I am the youngest person in this lessons so all do respect

Thursday, February 5th 2015

It was are teaching well.thanks

Friday, February 20th 2015

I am really enjoying THANK SO MUCH. can i use pronouns in passive?
you can contact your school Councillor for advice.
= He can be contacted for advice.

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Monday, March 30th 2015

Thanks James.

Monday, June 1st 2015

James are really good at teaching

Friday, July 3rd 2015

    James is really good at teaching

    Friday, July 3rd 2015

Hi James, Thks for yr lesson. You are very clear.
Just a question, Which is the different between these two passive sentences?:
The apartment has been cleaned
The apartment was cleaned
I don’t understand when We can use one or the other. Thks in advance

Saturday, September 12th 2015

.. Wonderful lesson! Thank you.
‘….have been…. ‘:-)

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

Can u plz make quiz on passive
very good lecture James Keep it up

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

This an email is being written
These buildings were bulit
This massage will be written
This story has been written
Thank you very much

Thursday, December 10th 2015

I like your explanations even if sometimes they are not complete. I would just advise you to speak A LITTLE more slowly.

Friday, February 26th 2016

All clear…but I can’t find the QUIZ… me please!! :-)

Wednesday, September 7th 2016

brilliant Mr.e and james but i want verb forms and tences

Wednesday, September 28th 2016


Wednesday, September 28th 2016

Where is the quiz ??

Monday, November 14th 2016

A good review of the Passive Tenses. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Sunday, December 4th 2016

I like passive very much !

Friday, December 16th 2016

Thanks, James, You are awesome.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

make a part two of this video

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

i was expecting a quiz..

Wednesday, February 7th 2018


Thursday, February 15th 2018

The explanation could be better. It doesn’t have quiz and examples about the use of passive voice.

Monday, April 16th 2018

Has been… XD

Tuesday, June 12th 2018

Incredible i have enlarged my knowledge about the passive, im going to create 5 sentences with each one tenses to clarify what you taught us, simply thanks.

Wednesday, July 4th 2018

hey I have a homework you guys please take YDS exam sample and answer them and understand me how I am underpressure

Tuesday, July 24th 2018

great lesson as usual.thank you

Friday, January 25th 2019

Hello Mr James you are perfect let you know. But I watched better videos than yours to able to understand this passive voice.But you have a video about arise, rise, raise… This video is unique to understand how English works

Friday, November 22nd 2019

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