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Five of the gang members _____________ after a long police hunt following the burglary.

Dolphins ___________ to be among the most intelligent animals on Earth.

Due to the bad weather, all orders ____________ at a slower speed than usual. We apologize for the inconvenience.

“Hi Mrs. Wayne. Yes, the children _______ just ________ their supper, and soon I’ll put them to sleep in their room.”

Even though the car has been fixed, I can still hear a little noise in the engine.

Besides the "I" subject in this sentence, who else is doing something here? Why is this person not mentioned?

Even though the car has been fixed, I can still hear a little noise in the engine.

Why is the first sentence preferable to (better than) the following sentence?
Even though the mechanic fixed the car, I can still hear a little noise in the engine.

There are many theories as to who the famous Mona Lisa actually represents. Some people believe Da Vinci was painting a self-portrait, while others believe it was his mistress. The riddle of the subject's identity has been studied for many years, but recently a strange new theory was proposed by a little-known art historian named Bart Hemsey. Hemsey suggests that the Mona Lisa is Da Vinci's mother, a claim that has amused many art historians, yet has the support of many Hemsey fans who believe he is a direct descendant of the famous artist. Although no concrete proof has been provided to back up this belief, Hemsey himself claims that the evidence for his "mother" theory, and perhaps his ancestry, can both be found in the paint.

In the above paragraph, how many passives are used?

There are many theories as to who the famous Mona Lisa actually represents. Some people believe Da Vinci was painting a self-portrait, while others believe it was his mistress. The riddle of the subject's identity has been studied for many years, but recently a strange new theory was proposed by a little-known art historian named Bart Hemsey. Hemsey suggests that the Mona Lisa is Da Vinci's mother, a claim that has amused many art historians, yet has the support of many Hemsey fans who believe he is a direct descendant of the famous artist. Although no concrete proof has been provided to back up this belief, Hemsey himself claims that the evidence for his "mother" theory, and perhaps his ancestry, can both be found in the paint.

If this is the first paragraph of a longer essay, what is probably the subject of the essay?

Michael bought a used computer. The computer store delivered the computer on Saturday, but Michael only set it up on Monday morning. It was then that he found out the computer wasn't working properly. He called the store and asked for a refund. The clerk at the store said they didn't give refunds, but they could send someone to look at the computer and fix it. Michael agreed and ________________________________________.

Which sentence could best replace the bold words above?

Michael bought a used computer. The computer store delivered the computer on Saturday, but Michael only set it up on Monday morning. It was then that he found out the computer wasn't working properly. He called the store and asked for a refund. The clerk at the store said they didn't give refunds, but they could send someone to look at the computer and fix it. Michael agreed and ________________________________________.

Which sentence would be the best ending to use in the blank above? (remember, more than one choice may be grammatically correct -- which is the best?)

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576 Comments on “The Passive: When, why, and how to use it”

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Thank you very much Adam
Now I understand better the passive voice.


Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Thank you very much. It was really great. But can you do me a favor, please? What shall I do if I want to perfectly pass the TOEFL Test?

    Monday, December 24th 2012

      Excellent quiz Mr. Benn, it really made me think and reflect on the uses of the passive pattern.

      It’s not that easy to master this grammar structture,to tell the truth.

      Thanks for this great lesson.

      Saturday, December 13th 2014

Hi Adam. Very innteresting & useful lesson. Just one thing to mention. Why don’t you use “IT” or “THAT SODA” instead of “COCA-COLA” in the last sentence?. I mean, to repeat the name, even when it’s important it’s also repetitive. My opinion, sorry.

Bye & greets from Mendoza, Argentina.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Hi Bazanmarcelo,

    You make an interesting point here. You are right that I can use ‘it’ in the last sentence, but sometimes repetition has a purpose too. In this case, i want to stress the value of the name, as a brand, and so by repeating it, I draw attention to the name’s importance.

    Does that make sense?

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

      i want to stress the value of the name. wow

      Thursday, October 3rd 2013

      Hi you mean ‘it was delivered Saturday’ is ok? By the way. I learn a lot from your lessons you’re very accurate and put it all very clear.

      Friday, November 29th 2013

Why The computer delivered on Saturday is incorrect. Why not “ON” is required in the sentance

Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Hi Sunil,

    The computer delivered on Saturday isn’t correct because the computer is the subject and it can’t do the delivering. One of the main things to be careful about with passives (with any sentence actually) is to make sure that the subject CAN DO the verb. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense.

    As for not using ‘on’ in the sentence, that is ok. It doesn’t change the meaning and is grammatically acceptable.

    Hope that helps.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

I’ve made the quiz but I thing something’s wrong. In question 10 it marks as correct the phrase: It was delivered Saturday, but,”ON” is missing. Is that correct? because it sounds like “Tarzan” speaking (we use that phrase in Argentina when somebody speaks very rudimentary”.


Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Hi Marcelo! I live in Magdalena, near La Plata.
    I had the same doubt about 10 question, and I have the same problem that you, I can´t practice enough English because no one in my family to speak English.

    Sunday, September 30th 2012

    Hi again :)

    Actually, I find that one of the problems English learners have is that they are taught rules and then expect these rules to always hold. The sentence without ‘on’ is quite acceptable and not ‘tarzan-ish.’ But, you can add the ‘on’ for now. (just in case: if we plan to meet next week on Tuesday, I can easily say “See you Tuesday, or See you on Tuesday.”)


    Thursday, October 4th 2012


      Friday, October 5th 2012

      I’m not sure about Passive ?

      Wednesday, December 25th 2013

One of the best explanation I’ve ever heard about when, why and how to use the Passive Voice. I’m very impressed with the test as wel,of course I didn’t get all the answers right; however, now it’s clear to me why, when and how to use the Passive Voice.Thanks Adam!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

I thought the same bazanmarcelo, but I think as we are talking about passive voice, the only thing that really matters is the S V O. So it(subject) was (to be) delivered(verb) Saturday(object).Even though I think ‘on’ wouldn’t be replaced …

Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Thanks a bunch Adam. Regarding to Bazanmarcelo and Renan’s comments, I believe you’re wrong guys,”on” can be omitted in this case, and it’s perfect English. This surely cannot be done in Spanish, though.

    Sunday, September 30th 2012

you are such an amazing teachers please keep it up!!! and you Adam thank you so much and enjoyable lesson !!! i use to sleep in class with this lessons but now….!! c ya soon !! by!!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

10 correct out of 10 Awww yeah!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

Adam, you’re the greatest great!
Splendid! I’ve got flash of inspiration how sentences in English make the chain in writing.
Thanks a lot for your effort!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

    Dear Friends please stop thanking to teacher through the comments, we are looking forward the questions related to the lesson.
    Also praising a person in his presence really not nice, never do it.
    To just thanks him you can sent private email or you can follow her lessons, that is the relevant way to thanks someone online.

    Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

      Aw, don’t rain on our parade!

      Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

      ahh, come on. Don’t be a horrible person, Mucadele, if you are not a happy and grateful person, let us be.

      Sunday, May 31st 2020

I like these lessons. There are fun.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

It’s so helpful. Thank-you very much.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

Great lesson, I finally understood!
Maybe you can record a video about the pasive like this:
I had my hair cut yesterday.
It’s confusing the meaning.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

    Hi Georgejolema,

    Thank you. Actually, my colleague Alex has a video lesson about that. It’s the passive causative. Look at the Related Lessons to this one. But if you’re still not sure, let me know and I’ll help you out.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

Thank you, Adam!
The video is interesting.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

scored 9 out of 10, i made a mistake in q7. thanks Adam.
please answer my previous questions:
OK Adams, Thanks for your response. I would be grateful of you explain to me the 2 following parts of questions:
1- Vocabulary:
What are the differences between:
a- Adjourned | deferred | postpone | delay | late.
b- Dissatisfied | unsatisfied.
c- Debar | prevent | prohibit | forbid | ban | impose
d- in spite of | despite | regardless | although
2- Grammers or word formations:
What are those additives on the followings:
a- operate | operation | operative
b- victory | victorious
c- opportunity | opportunism
d- nation | national | nationality | nationalism
e- access | accessory
f- continue | continuous | continuity
g- subject | subjective |
h- ally | alliance
i- competitive | competitiveness

and so on

Sunday, September 30th 2012

    Hi Majed,

    To be honest, this looks like it would take up the entire comment page :) Besides, there’s not much I can tell that a good dictionary can’t. The main thing to keep in mind is context, that is, where and when are these words used.
    One other thing I will mention (and try to make a video about) is suffixes (-tion, -ness, -ive, etc) and prefixes (re-, un- dis-, etc.). Study these to really improve your vocab.

    Does that help?

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

      Dear Adam,
      Thanks for your reply. So ignore the vocab question and advise about the second part: can I find a book listing the words alphabetically and shows the formations of each. etc :
      A – access|accessory|accessible
      C – continue|continuous|continuity
      M – moment|momentum
      N – nation|national|nationality|nationalism

      Saturday, October 6th 2012

        Hi, anyone who is interested in the etymology of English words should visit: http://www.etymonline.com
        Much information about the words mentioned before can be found there.
        Thank you Adam for your excellent lesson!

        Saturday, December 29th 2012

Thank you very much! Your lessons are very easy to understand.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Thank you very much for this very useful lesson.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Thank you very much. I’ve never studied the passive form in a so very ineresting and useful way.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Thank you very much Adam for yuor lesson.
I got 70/100 so, for sure, I need further clarifications.
Infact I got some difficulty with the test,but mainly on Q7, to find out how many passive forms there were.
In your lesson you said the passive form is done by “to be + pp” but I can’t see, in to the paragraph, the 4 forms like that.Can you point them out?
Thank you!!!

Sunday, September 30th 2012

    You have one past — “was proposed”
    two perfects — “has been studied”, “has been provided”
    and one modal — “can both be found”

    Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

      Hello morfik. You are an old member with a lot of knowledge. Were are you now? I don’t see your comments.I will be happy if you inform me.
      Best wishes

      Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

    Hi Attyla,

    First, be careful about the structure. It is not the verb ‘to be’ + pp. Just ‘be’+pp.

    The four are:
    has been studied for many years
    new theory was proposed by
    no concrete proof has been provided
    can both be found in the paint.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

thanks Adam…..it was useful…..

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Hi Adam,
Thank you for your interesting and useful lesson. Now, I can use the passive voice more often, because I understtod when, why and how to use it.
Great lesson.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Hi Adam,

Thanks for your support!

Lopes – Brazil

Sunday, September 30th 2012

many thanks. hope too much fro you

Sunday, September 30th 2012

many thanks. hope too much from you

Sunday, September 30th 2012

thanks to engvid.com – just by watching two videos, i learned useful knowledge that i should have known.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

thank you it was useful lesson :)

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Hi Adam could you teach us a little bit more about Passive, for example; how is used it with modals or how can i change it into a question? like when were music CDs first sold?

Sunday, September 30th 2012

    Hi Karem95,

    I’ll see what I can do. Perhaps I’ll make a part 2.


    Thursday, October 4th 2012

That’s exactly what I want from here.Thanks Adam.Hope to see more videos like this.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

I mean”when,why and how to use it”

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Interesting!!! I love it.
Thanks Adam.

Monday, October 1st 2012

Thanks Adam, great lesson.

Monday, October 1st 2012

it was a wonderful lesson, i enjoyed and corrected the quiz too…

Monday, October 1st 2012

Thanks Adam

Monday, October 1st 2012

Hi Adams, I always follow your lessons but there is a problem. I download all the lessons from this site by copying them from the temporary files of windows and I can find all of then as a single file but yours. Could you please upload your lessons as a single file you too?

Monday, October 1st 2012

    Use firefox and ByTubeD addon.

    Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Hi,I’m a newcomer.
Glad 2 c u.

Monday, October 1st 2012

    Hi there,
    Welcome 2 this profitable site,
    Hope u get the best through.
    Kind regards;

    Saturday, October 6th 2012

thank you my teacher Adam really I have enjoyed your lessons .

Monday, October 1st 2012

Today first time I visited this site and was so impressed that became a member straight away. The grammar lessen for passive sentences was well presented. Thanks Adam for that, I loved it.

Monday, October 1st 2012

8 out of 10 not bad

Monday, October 1st 2012

Vandals were people came from Germany, an European country.
In Vth century, there were big invasions everywhere in Europe and north African.
The term “vandalize” come from Vandals, as you said, it describes barbarian destruction.

Monday, October 1st 2012

    Thanks Petitfelin,

    Interesting :)

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

it is really a nice one my brother sulaimon learn a great deal from it

Monday, October 1st 2012

thanks Adam 4 the information about coca cola I didn’t know n’ 4 the class of course. good english was taught by a good teacher, 4 real.

Monday, October 1st 2012

which is correct:
the plane _____20 minutes ago
a)had landed
c)was landind
d)has landed

Monday, October 1st 2012

    The answer is B because you have a specific time in the past — 20 minutes ago.

    I’m wondering about the C answer because I don’t understand it. Should there be “was landing”? If so, I’m not sure about “The plane was landing 20 minutes ago.” — in Polish language we can say something like this.

    Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

    B is correct answer, because as i know, land is not used in passive

    Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

      Actually, there is no “passive” answer.

      a)had landed — past perfect
      b)landed — simple past
      c)was landing — past continuous
      d)has landed — present perfect

      Thursday, October 4th 2012

      Hi MaiHuongNguyenThi,

      Actually, The plane was landed safely by the pilot would be ok. Unnecessary, but ok.


      Thursday, October 4th 2012

    Hi Mamuana,

    b is correct because of the specific time. However, Morfik is on to something: If there were more information I could make a case for c. But, being that all we have is what you have given us, b is the only correct answer.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

Hi Teacher!
Thank you very much by lessons you have provided for us, it has particularly been a great help for me because I’m seeking to learn English.

Monday, October 1st 2012

9/10.. yeah, i am surprised :)… thanks for lesson

Monday, October 1st 2012

It was great! Thank you very much! Your lessons are very good.

Monday, October 1st 2012

Good lesson!. See ya

Monday, October 1st 2012


Monday, October 1st 2012

ooo I got 8 correct out of 10 npt bad ;) thank you man!! ;)

Monday, October 1st 2012

I’m an English Teacher myself…and I have to say that the way you put it was impressive…keep doing it …

Monday, October 1st 2012

    Thanks Marco. :0

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

Pretty good Thx you very much

Monday, October 1st 2012

Very interesting and the teaching so good.

Monday, October 1st 2012

I have two questions:
One question is about the sentence from the vid:
“He did A. C wasn’t done until he had completed B.”

Adam, why did you add “had”?

The other question is about the difference between (be) + pp and (be) + adjective with -ed ending — how to distinguish when we are dealing with passive and when with an adjective?

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

    “He did A. He then did B and finally he did C” It’s similar with the sentence: “He did B. C was not done until he HAD completed B”.
    these sentences mean that B finished then he did C. We use Had + V3 to express something had done before another thing in the past

    Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

      I know what the past perfect tense is used for. But here you have the word “until”, and it points which one of two actions took place first. And I know that if we have a word or words which determine the order of actions, we can use two simple past tenses instead of using past perfect.

      Thursday, October 4th 2012

    Morfik, you’re a challenge :)

    The ‘had’ was used as part of the past perfect. Like maihuong suggests, the sequence of actions here is A then B then C. In mentioning C before B, I use the past perfect to maintain the correct sequence even though the sentence doesn’t correspond.

    As for the second part of the question: I’m not sure I understood you exactly, but do you mean, for example, “He was depressed by the bad news” vs. “He was depressed”? Truth be told, all -ed adjectives are actually verbs that are used as adjectives (technically, we call these participial adjectives). hmmm… perhaps I’ll make a video about these- where do -ed and -ing adjectives come from.

    Sound good to you?

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

      Yes, you understood me well.

      As to the past perfect tense, I’m a little bit confused :)

      Ronnie said that “After I woke up, I had my breakfast” is a good sentence. So, why is the sentence “C wasn’t done until he completed B.” wrong? :)

      Friday, October 5th 2012

      Yes…I hope so teacher!!

      Saturday, July 25th 2015

Thank you so much Adam for the fruitful lesson you presented.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Thank you Adam,it was so useful.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Very useful lesson. I got 9 points from 10 :D thank you very mutch

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

thank you adam

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

much :D

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Thanks Mr. Adam,
You make so easy for me and they way of your are teaching is absolutely fantastic
Onece Again thanks Mr. Adam.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Thanks Mr. Adam,
You make so easy for me and the way of your are teaching is absolutely fantastic
Onece Again thanks Mr. Adam
Sorry for the mistake as I put they instead of the

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

good job .I really got better passive voise

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Great Lesson, and you were right, many people disagree on who invented the airplane.
I personaly believe that it was invented by Santos Dumont.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

wow…that’s great
thank you Adam

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Thank you very much for this lesson. I knew the active passive but I can not understand how to speak in passive. Some I get confused.

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

Thank you, Adam for all of your lessons. I have been using quite regularly passive voice in my writings , but you gave me the reasons that passive was so beneficial for me.

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

if the active sentence is…
Julia will take the luggage.
then the passive will be…
The luggage will be taken by Julia. But
if the active is…
Julia will be taking the luggage…then what would be the passive voice?

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

    “The luggage will be being taken by Julia”
    — Continuous forms of all tenses always use “being” before PP.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

      Hi Morfik,

      Actually, not in the future, because the ‘be’ here can’t be conjugated (changed) like it can in past and present forms.

      Thursday, October 4th 2012

        On this site — http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/futurecontinuous.html — they say that “will be being washed” and “are going to be being washed” are proper constructions. But they also say that “Passive forms of the Future Continuous are not common.”

        Friday, October 5th 2012

    Hi Tavo,
    In this case the passive would still be “the luggage will be taken by Julia.” the reason is that in the passive, the luggage is receiving the same action regardless of what Julia’s intentions are. In the future we can’t play with the ‘be’ of ‘will be’, so we leave it as is.

    Thursday, October 4th 2012

I really like your quizes.
Thanks a bundle.

Thursday, October 4th 2012

tnks verry m t!

Thursday, October 4th 2012

many thanks

Thursday, October 4th 2012

hi dear teacher. it is so useful. thank u alotttttttttttt

Thursday, October 4th 2012

hi dear teacher
so useful video.my english is so week pls teach more lessons. thanks alot

Thursday, October 4th 2012

    Greetings from Mashhad!

    Thursday, October 11th 2012

Thanks everyone. Glad to be helpful


Thursday, October 4th 2012

Hi Adam, I like your English lesson :) It is very interesting :) These movies helped me much in my exam :D

Friday, October 5th 2012

Dear Adam,

Thank you so much for your useful English video lesson regarding the passive. After watching it, I did the test and got 7 correct out of 10. I hope to learn some more video lessons in English from you to improve my English in the future.

Thanks again and have a great weekend!

All the best,


Saturday, October 6th 2012

Thank you very much Adam. This is very useful lesson.

Saturday, October 6th 2012

thanks you so much

Saturday, October 6th 2012

You’re a really good teacher. The way you explain things is so clear and very easy to understand.
Thanks a lot.

Greetings from Europe

Sunday, October 7th 2012


Sunday, October 7th 2012

Thank-you Adam, I got 10 /10 in the test.But Morfik is going to confuse me….

Sunday, October 7th 2012

    Don;t worry Mapi,

    Ask questions if you’re confused.

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

hi aAdam .i want to speak fluent English without hesitation .please suggest me how to improve my fluency and vocabulary.

Sunday, October 7th 2012

    Hi Lisa,

    Best advice I can give you is to read a lot. anyting in English will help (especially novels).


    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      sorry… anything

      Wednesday, October 24th 2012

a very interesting lesson

Sunday, October 7th 2012

thank u mr adam this in my first time that i vite this website realy i enjoyed & benefited from this lesson

Monday, October 8th 2012

thank you Adam

Monday, October 8th 2012

I’ve got 7 of 10.
But I could get 10 of 10 because I was not sure of my wrong answers:)
Thanks Adam a lot

Monday, October 8th 2012

Perfect!!:)) Good job, thaks you so much!!!:)) Greetings from Poland :D

Monday, October 8th 2012

Bravo Adam,Bravo!
I got 7 correct out of ten,:(

Monday, October 8th 2012

Very usefull and it is easy to learn the way is teached.

Monday, October 8th 2012

Hii Adam,
I am Sona Sharma from India.I have been a member of this educational site for more than one year.I wanna get my basic concept about English tenses cleared by you.After reading newspaper,watching movies,chatting with people online, I have figured out that an action word known as verb is the most important word in English that I need to know to express an action.Imagine,I feel thirsty.I need to have some water to quench my thirst.Then I perform an action called “drinking”.If I am not familiar with this word ,I can’t express what I want.People simply use this action word in different tenses to refer to different point of time like I drank a glass of water after returning from work yesterday as my throat had dried up.In my previous sentence ,I have used it in the past tense to express that I am not thirsty now but I was..
I am just a begginer.plz help me to learn this language well and also check out my sentences….

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

hello adam ,
there’s a mistake in the 4th choice in question nine , we must say “on saturday ” not just saturday!

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

    Hi Raghad,

    Actually, it’s not really a mistake. It’s ok to say it without the ‘on’ though most people usually use it.


    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Thank you so much

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

thx mr adam for ur interessting lesson

Thursday, October 11th 2012

7/10 :(

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Hello Adam,
I’m Kham from Vientiane, Laos. Thank you for your good good lessons. I got 8 of 10. I’ll practive more to get 10 of 10 for your next lessons. Bye.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Hi Adam,
It was amazing lesson, also the quiz was v.good.
i get 10/10.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

oh, man!!! I don’t understand, can you help me, is a english class very hard. Bye bye.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

    Hi Kevin,

    Which part is difficult?

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Hi Adam. May I ask you? Sentence: I want to ask you about what happend yesterday.(Using “about” in this sentence is correctly or not correctly?)

Thursday, October 11th 2012

    Hi Ruslan,

    this is a little difficult to answer. If you use about, then you want to discuss the events of yesterday. If you don’t use about, then you want to know what happened. So, in this case, both are correct. It depends which meaning you want.

    Does that help?

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      Thank you very much Adam. It is like in mine language.

      Wednesday, October 31st 2012

excellent explanation

Thursday, October 11th 2012

hi Adam i want to konw that how to start preparation for IELTS. Please give me some tips for IELTS.

Friday, October 12th 2012

    Hi Lisa,

    Again, best advice: read, read, read. Don’t forget that on IELTS, spelling counts, so work on that as well.

    Also, look for some videos on this site about the test. I’ll make some vids as well soon.

    Good luck :)

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      thanx Adam.

      Thursday, October 25th 2012

Hi Adam
Why can’t we write passive for “future continuous” & all “Perfect continuous” tenses ?

Friday, October 12th 2012

    HI Jayakoti,

    The main reason you can’t say “The car will be being fixed” is because the ‘be’ can’t be changed in the future. In “The car is being fixed,” the first ‘be’ can be changed for the tense, ‘is’. Otherwise it sounds strange. The same goes for the perfect, where been is already the base verb used for the tense.

    Does that help?

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Hi Adam. I have question,but it is not from this lesson. Excuse me. In the movie “The seven year itch” Marilyn Monroe talking “If I WERE your wife, I’d be very jealous”. Why she is using WERE (it is plural)? Thank you!

Saturday, October 13th 2012

    Hi Ruslan,

    No, it’s not plural. This is called a subjunctive form. If I were…, or He wishes he were…, etc. These are set forms. You never use ‘was’ because these are hypothetical situations, meaning that they are not real.

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      It is realy big help for me. Thank you very much indeed.

      Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Hi, Adam, Thank you very much for teaching us. Awesome. You said us “He did A. Then he did B, after that C.” You made it in passive ” He did A & C was not done until he had completed B”. But I thought “He did A&B were not done until he had completed”. Their order is A, B and C. Please kindly explain me if my thought is wrong.



Saturday, October 13th 2012

    He said “C was not done…”

    Sunday, October 14th 2012

    Hi Ariunna,

    The correct order is A then B then C. In the sentence I put c before B because I used a past perfect tense. remember that the past perfect is used to talk about an action in the past that happened before another action in the past. So B happened first, but the past perfect lets me change the order in the sentence.
    Does that help?

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Gocha. Now it is no need to reply to me. Thanks Adam.

Sunday, October 14th 2012

Adam, U’re great! Thanks for lesson!

Sunday, October 14th 2012

thanks adan

Sunday, October 14th 2012

Hello Adam! My name is Akobirkhon Nosirkhudjayev. I’m from Uzbekistan. Nowadays, I’m preparing to TOEFL. And that’s why I need your help. I have problem with my listening. How can I improve my ,,listening”? Thanks for your attention!

Monday, October 15th 2012

    Hi Akobirkhon,

    Firstly, listen to as much as possible. Try ted.com for practice.

    Also, learn how to take good notes while you are listening. I’ll make a video soon about taking notes for TOEFL listening.

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

This lecture is really helpful to me!
Thank you for your teaching :-)

Monday, October 15th 2012

thank u sir,
i need few more classes on active voice

Monday, October 15th 2012

Thank you very much

Monday, October 15th 2012

Thanks vere mutshe

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Thanks so much for doing all that.

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

my skyp is aysanaysan10 pls add me

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

I’ve got 10 points of 10 available.
Thanks a lot Adam!
There is only one thing I’d like you to ask about… Could you please tell me why the preposition “on” is absent in the phrase “It was delivered Saturday” (see Quiz 9)? We always say: On Saturday… or on Suday.. and so on.

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

    Hi Rokotelych,

    It’s not always necessary to use ‘on’. Though, most people do use it. Students learn it early so they generally use it. But I’ll give another comment in the general box so look for that


    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      Hello sir,i have the same problem that we us on sunday,on monday,on Saturday but in this case you haven’t used on before weekday.What could be the reasons behind this.I expect the reply from you asap. Thank you ,You’re a great teacher.

      Wednesday, August 21st 2013

I got 8 out of 10 without watching Adam video
but thanks Adam

Thursday, October 18th 2012

Hi Adam, how are you. I would like to ask you about the sentence “the sky cleared”. Why is it correct even though its form is not passive. May you please explain this in a new lesson. Thank you in advance

Friday, October 19th 2012

    Hi Zeyad,

    The sky cleared is not passive because there is no agent that does the clearing. It’s just a situation.

    Does that help?

    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

      thanks a lot Adam, it helps.

      Sunday, November 4th 2012


Friday, October 19th 2012

The passive voice was learned very quickly.It was taught by a super teacher
thank you
could you recommend me a paid website to GET higher marks in IELTS exam (good yet cheap)
thank you very much in advance

Saturday, October 20th 2012

    Hi Hotice,

    I’ll keep an eye out for a good site and let you know.


    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

i have suggestion for the website admin:
i think it is better to restrict the comments for clarifications and questions so that the teachers can easily find out what we actually lacking for and give advises and correction fast rather than reading comments like thank you or it was very good lessons and so on.
just suggestion
thank you

Saturday, October 20th 2012

Hi.in Quiz i got 5 from 10 what does that mean?am good or i need to focus or to understand more that lessen?am looking to hear from you soon teacher.

Sunday, October 21st 2012

    Hi Imed,

    It means that learnign a language takes time and effort.

    Keep trying


    Wednesday, October 24th 2012

i got 5correct very poor grammer…-(

Sunday, October 21st 2012

yes!! i got 9/10 :))

Monday, October 22nd 2012

thanks Adam

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Thank you very much..

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Thank you Adam. the Lesson is so helpful. I believe that using passive voice in a sentence, makes it more clear and understandable.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

so hard my goodness

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

it’s all right I have learened many thing but no one can talk me in english if some one want
So it’s my number

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

    I took out your phone number because it’s not a good idea to put that online! If you want to talk to people, Skype or Google+ are much better!

    Friday, October 26th 2012

Hi Adam , i m from India nd it was really good to learn tht where nd how to use Passive..

nd plz tell me tht is my sentence correct or not?

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note:

Next week I’ll go to school on Monday and on Tuesday.

Next week I’ll go to school Monday and Tuesday.

Both sentences are OK. More common is to use ‘on’ but you don’t have to.

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

    Hi there,
    What about this 1:
    Next week I’ll go 2 school on Monday n Tuesday.
    Is just 1 ” on ” enough in such a sentence??!!!
    Tx in advance.

    Thursday, October 25th 2012

      Hi Fatima,

      Yes, one ‘on’ is enough for both.

      Friday, November 9th 2012

Mr Adam thanks for the lesson
But my weakness point that made me have only 6 correct answers out of 10 were the questions number 4,5,8 and 10 I don’t understand them

Friday, October 26th 2012

    you must do lots of exercises my friend.Once you learn you will love it using in your daily life.
    Maybe it is more difficult in your own language’s grammar.

    Saturday, October 27th 2012

I’m so gland to listen your lesson MR.Adam

and I’m very Happy when u said “pharmacist” in your vid that which the first video I watched here ”

thank u for helping us :)

Friday, October 26th 2012

hi Adam,
Can you explain Q.No:7, I cant find the number of passives in this question/.. need help…

Saturday, October 27th 2012

Thank you very much for the lesson.
You are great!!!!!

Sunday, October 28th 2012

You are so good in teaching… i will copy the style to teach my class.

Monday, October 29th 2012

I got 10/10; best explanation ever.
BTW, I didn’t understand the expression “are believed to be”. I have no problems with the meaning, but I don’t get the structure.

Friday, November 2nd 2012

    Hi Gammexane,

    Is it the infinitive ‘to be’? Remmeber that in a sentence, only one verb (the main verb) can take a tense. The rest must be infinitives. So, Some people believe that ghosts exist: Ghosts are believed (by some people) to exist.

    Does that help?

    Friday, November 9th 2012

      Yes, thank you very much.

      Monday, November 12th 2012


Friday, November 2nd 2012

Thanks a lot for this lesson. And I am looking foward to watch others.

Sunday, November 4th 2012

I’m working in Toronto.I do write to politicians and other policy people as part of my work. I only completed basic English when I join with my work. So, I’ve been going through hard time in writing and speaking as well. I didn’t complete intermediate or advance or academic , TOEFL even IELT But, I’ve improved a lot, but still don’t have confident yet. Mostly confused with small small things, such as the embedded questions, how and where to use passive, etc.
But your lesson is giving me very confident and feel more stronger at my work place. It is saving many years of my life. Now I feel I can show my talents as the language has been a big barrier to show my talents therefor my talents have been undermined. Hats off to you Adam and your team.
I’ll visit soon to your place to appreciate your work.
Tamil EElavan

Monday, November 5th 2012

Thanks adam

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

excellent mr.Adam. I thank for your effort, I believe than we always should publish our knowledge

Thursday, November 8th 2012

## I liked a lot of this lesson because most of the questions are dificult. ##

Friday, November 9th 2012


Friday, November 9th 2012

What’s the meaning of TOEFL?
Sorry, I’m starting here.

Monday, November 12th 2012


Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Thanks a lot for this lesson, it was so important.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Thanks a lot for the lesson, I used to teach only 4 reasons for the passive voice, now I’ve learned 2 more uses.. thanks again you’re a great and knowledgeable teacher.

Wednesday, November 14th 2012

Although your teaching skills have been widely recognised, here i am to thank you for your help and commitment!!!:)

Thursday, November 15th 2012

thanks for this lesson..I need to know more about passive, I have difficulties on this topic :(

Friday, November 16th 2012

Thanks alottttttttttttttt

Friday, November 16th 2012


I think you make here a great job. Thank you a lot. I will use that page for sure.

Friday, November 16th 2012


Hello, Adam!
Greetings from Finland.

First of all, thanks for your lesson!
I have now watched 2 of the videos you have made, and I have something to say about them. The fact that bothers me a lot is that you talk so much about verbs, objects, subjects, agents and so on. I know they are pretty important part of what you’re trying to teach us, but still.. for me those things have always been quite hard to understand, not only in English, but also in Finnish (which is my first language).
I was just hoping that maybe you could pay a little more attention in using them, because I think they make things you’re saying a lot more harder to understand, and in spoken or written English (apart for exams) they don’t really matter.

Thanks again!

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Thank you so much and we hope to see more topics about passive

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Hey Adam, by the way, it was Santos Dummont the one who invented the airplane!

Congratulations, good lesson!

Sunday, November 18th 2012

thanks a lot)))

Sunday, November 18th 2012


Sunday, November 18th 2012

On teacher day in Viet nam,I wish you have good health ,success in your job,you will have may good lesson for me and friends over the world.

Tuesday, November 20th 2012

Nice lesson Adam!! Thank you!

As you said before, we know how to use Passive Voice but it is little used by us haha.

Tuesday, November 20th 2012

thank you Mr. Adam. it was a useful lesson.I was well informed and educated . Well done

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

Thank you for the wonderful explanation of passive voice. Now i can do it on my essays. Wish me luck on my upcoming IELTS.

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

Thanks a lot teacher. I got 10/10 :)

Monday, November 26th 2012

Hi!give me advice please. I lack of understanding.With what I should work harder volcaburaly or grammar

Monday, November 26th 2012

I want to get score min 6.5 band in IELTS (general). I wrote exam 3 months back without preparation then got 5.5 band. But it is not sufficient. Could you please guide me how to improve.

Monday, November 26th 2012

Thank you so much for your time.I leaned a lot.

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

hi, in Q-4 why have not has?

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

    Hi. For the third sigular pronoun or noun we use has, and for the others we use have. Best regards

    Saturday, June 9th 2018

10/10! Apparently…very useful! Thanks a lot!

Thursday, November 29th 2012

iscored 4 out of 10.so can u advice my level plz

Thursday, November 29th 2012

It’s very usefull and understandable!You are awesome teacher!Thank you.

Saturday, December 1st 2012

Thanks a lot. Yours reply also very useful.

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

Hi Adam
Could u explain to me the difference Btn sometime and any time

Monday, December 3rd 2012

Hi Adam
I have a problem with placing the following words in a sentence:
Can you help! Plz

Monday, December 3rd 2012

Hi Adam! Can the passive used in this case? Client: When the soup will be done?
Waiter: Your soup is being cooked!

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Hi Adam! Can the passive be used in this case? Client: When the soup will be done?
Waiter: Your soup is being cooked!

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

very useful lessons
thanks so much

Thursday, December 6th 2012


Thursday, December 6th 2012

Congratulations Adam, you are a great teacher. I am studying to be an English teacher too, and want to teach like you. You made it so clearly! The subject was explained perfectly!I can see how thoughtful you are answering all the questions! Thank you very much!

Friday, December 7th 2012

Hi there, I scored 80% on the quiz. I understand why I got the questions wrong and I also see my mistake on the 2nd one, but I don’t see where my mistakes are on the first with recognizing the passives. Please can you give me more examples so I can understand the diffences.

Thank you Adam.

Saturday, December 8th 2012

Sorry differences*

Saturday, December 8th 2012

thank you very much Mr Adam, you alarmed me to use the passive voice because before I never tried to use the passive voice and one more thing that I hope you will share more funny and brilliant videos with us. thank you again

Monday, December 10th 2012

HI, thanks for your lessons. I have got question that couldn’t you add more videos for IELTS preparation especially reading skills?????
I am looking forward to hearing your respond…

Tuesday, December 11th 2012

Thank you now is more clear The passive is more clear, but to be’ honest my problem will be when I will speak…..how could help myself ?

Friday, December 14th 2012

Thank you so much. It’s very important to have a clear understanding of ‘passive voice’ to speak and write the right English.

Friday, December 14th 2012

I did the quiz and got 8. How is it?

Friday, December 14th 2012

Ohhhh my Godness !!!

Sunday, December 16th 2012

thank you Adam; this my first time I visit engvid; i hope it will help me to get my english good.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks so much
it helps me to understand the passive voice.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

thanks so much

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

i got 6 out of 10.

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

Thank you Adam, Great Explanation about passive voice.

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

Thank you so much because I have Known about the value of passive

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

I need to have one Toefl certificate and how I can get that? Much appreciate if you kindly help thanks

Friday, December 28th 2012

thank you very much.

Friday, December 28th 2012

Hi dear Adam thanks a lot I really like it very much specially Your nice way of explanation also the new quiz style thanks again

Saturday, December 29th 2012

    Hi Preemy,

    I’m also interested in improving my writing skills. Hope we can get in touch soon.

    Bye for now


    Saturday, December 13th 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

thank you master Adam for your informations about passive voice .by the way I’m from Morocco my classmets found your video very intersting

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Thanks Adam ,You are a great teacher.you did the best explanation .It was useful lesson.I’m a weak to understand Question and Answer so confused for that ,I need more practi.I hope to be better . Have a wonderful New Year :D

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

Ok! I’ll watch again the video and try again, 50, don’t work!

Friday, January 4th 2013

Thanks! Adam for teaching passive voice or the correct use of passive voice. You all are working very good. We are enjoying your lessons. Good bye!

Friday, January 4th 2013

“If this is the first paragraph of a longer essay, what is probably the subject of the essay?” is a question and the correct answer – Bart Hemsey’s theories.
My question is this – Bart Hemsey suggested only one theory, at least it is not written in the text if he made more suggestions than one. Is there anything I missed, or, there is a mistake in composing the correct answer.
Thank you in advance.

Friday, January 4th 2013

Hi adam, thanks a lot. All your lessons have been really useful ! Greetings from mexico :-)

Sunday, January 20th 2013

Thank you very much Adam. I understand better passive voice, but the only thing I don’t understand is “It was delivered Saturday. I would say It was delivered on Saturday.
Thank you in advance for your response.

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

dear adam,
what is the meaning of pasive

Friday, January 25th 2013

Wow! Just can say a million thank! Very useful lesson.

Monday, January 28th 2013

Hi Adam,
Well done.
You teach me knowledge about langauage but not language at all. In polish I dont know what the passive or active voice is and I used it automatically. The same I want to do in english or franch for example.

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Thanks for your help.

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

Sir, i have some problem in this question
1. I will be beaten by my mom (is this right or wrong i don’t know….isntead of this we could also right ‘My mom will beat me’ which one is correct)
2. is he worshiped daily(I’m not getting the meaning of this sentence instead of this sentence could i also write’does he wroship daily’ which sentence is correct please i’ve problem in these two sentence)

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

OMG I couldn`t get all the answers, but I learned something new!! Thanks professor

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

Great job.

Friday, February 8th 2013

Thank you very much Adam! You are very good theacher!

Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Thanks a lot Adam. Question#10 of the quiz: is it correct “It was delivered Saturday”? Shouldn’t it be “ON Saturday”?

Friday, February 15th 2013

My native language is Spanish and I need people help me improve my speaking skills in English!
You can send me an e-mail if you are interest in talking throught Skype

Thanks in advance

Wednesday, February 20th 2013

Good performance, Adam. Keep up the good work

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

I envisage passing Ielts but I little scary and I’m not sure in myself because of reading and listening what I must do?please help me

Thursday, February 28th 2013

Thanks Adam,
I have started to watch ur Videos from yesterday and thinks now English is very easy to learn if some one teach in the same way like u do… Hats off….

Monday, March 4th 2013

Долго и отрешённо. Про Кока-Колу прочитал на доске, освежает.
Long and blankly. About Coca-Cola had read on the board, it’s refreshing.

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

Great video.

Tuesday, March 12th 2013


Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Hello adam, thanks for your video, but what about the impersonel Passive voice with reporting verbs? I really get mixed up when I have to change the tenses of the that clause:

It is said that the mouse was eaten.
The mouse is said to have been eaten. Correct?
It is said (was said) that the mouse was grey.
The mouse is said to be grey. ???
The mouse was said to be grey. ???
It is said (was said) that the mouse would bite people.
The mouse is said to bite people. ???
The mouse was said to bite people. ???
It was said that the mouse must have bitten about 10 people.
The mouse was said to have bitten about 10 people. ???

Actually, I am just guessing but I haven’t been able yet to find in the internet a rule to follow for all tenses.

I will be very thankful if you could help me as I am going crazy with the exercises I am trying to get right.


Thursday, March 14th 2013

Eyy you make it so interesting! Now I’m kinda addicted to this page haha.

Friday, March 22nd 2013

Hi Adam,

I’m confusing to use ” have/has been + past participle”. Examples, has been fixed, has been provided, have been exposed and so on.
Is this all a passive voice? Normally, in which condition we are going to use it?

Saturday, March 23rd 2013

    Hi Saw13
    “have” and “has” depends on the subject.
    I, you, we, they, we put “have” in the present perfect. However, she, he, and it we put “has”
    past perfect we put “had” with all the subjects.
    Ex1: Tom has eatten the apple”
    Passive: “the apple has been eatten by Tom.
    Ex2 “I have written the letters”
    Look the letters here is plearel so;
    passive: “the letters have been writen”

    Tuesday, April 30th 2013

hello Adam .
Thank you very much .
You have really helped me so much .
I supposed that you continue for a long time making some good new videos .

Friday, March 29th 2013

Very interesting lesson!

Saturday, March 30th 2013

The way you teach is great. It’s very very clear for understanding. Thank you so much,teacher

Monday, April 8th 2013

Thank you Adam for very useful lessons

Friday, April 12th 2013

Hi Adam!
Great lesson. I liked the focus on the coherence.

Saturday, April 13th 2013

    hi would you like to improve your english with me

    Saturday, June 4th 2016

Hi everybody. i think the passive is very difficult. but we have to learn it. because not to use the passive, became boring. i like the passive sentence. butttt it is usually difficult for me too.
thanx 4 this lesson.

Monday, April 15th 2013

Hello everyone! thank you Adam to this lesson.

Thursday, April 18th 2013

Thank you so much for this class. it is very clear.
I think you are very good explaining this topic, and you are very good using the place, because when you are doing it, you don’t cover the board while you are writing and speaking.

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013

Dear, Adam,
Thank you so much. You’ve been friendly and helpful too.
In fact I want you to see is this sentence correct or incorrect.
Active: “Who wrote the letters?”
Passive: “Whom the letters were written by?”
or “By whom the letters were written?”
Thank you sir. your new student Otman from Morocco.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

thanks a lot Adam , you r a fantastic teacher <3

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

That was great and helpful! Thanks!

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Thank you

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Good lesson Adam, also very helpful the explanation about “ON”.
But, after a week taking 2 or 3 lessons a day, I have the feeling that I’m learning in an unorganized way.
Can you give me any advice in that direction? I mean, can you help me to take the lesson in an appropriated order?
Thanks a lot.

Saturday, June 8th 2013

Hello Adam, thanks for your lesson, it’s really useful for my English. I really like the way you present and teach the lesson to us. It was clear and easy to understand. Thank you again! :)
I have done the quiz already, but I saw a problem at question number 7. I found 5 passive sentences, not just 4. There are these sentence:

1. The riddle of the subject’s identity has been studied for many years.
2. But recently a strange new theory was proposed by a little-known art historian named Bart Hemsey.
3. A claim that has amused many art historians
4. Although no concrete proof has been provided to back up this belief
5. And perhaps his ancestry, can both be found in the paint.

Do I make mistake in recognizing the passive? and which sentence I was misleading?

Tuesday, June 11th 2013

Thanks Adam, it was really helpful explanation. Got 8/10 in the quiz.

Wednesday, June 12th 2013

Hi Adam !
Could u tell me why in the last Question of the Quiz “a tech was dispatched the same day” is more appropriate than others ?
Thnx in Advance…

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Hi ..Adam was excellent thanks a lot .

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

Hello sir Adam I am happy to benifit wuth you I really binifit with you ; I have one question please if you can answer me please . Is this word ” awarness” countable or uncountable ; because I know it that it’s uncountable but why this sentence liek this ” . Having an awareness of different cultures” we can’t add s at the end of ” awarness” thank u Adam my best wishes to u .

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Helpful lesson, thanks!

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Hi Adam, In correct variant of the 9th question “on” prep. wasn’t used before Saturday. is it correct?

Monday, July 8th 2013

Hi Adam
Thanks a lot,You are an excellent teacher. Good explanations and

Monday, July 15th 2013

Thank you Adam. I did the test, 7 out of 10. What steps do you recommend for ESL student to getting ready for university? Usually how long dose it take to speak English fluently?

Saturday, July 20th 2013

Hi Adam. Could you tell me, please, why did you say: “that IS consumed by…”?
Why not: that WAS consumed by…?

Sunday, July 21st 2013

    Because it is consumed now. Don’t you drink coca cola now? Just people in the past consume it?

    Sunday, September 15th 2013

Thanks Adam…

Monday, July 22nd 2013

Is this also passive right ?

I picked up my car repaired yesterday.
I picked up my car which was repaired yesterday.

These both sentences are equal in meaning ?

Monday, July 29th 2013

that is awesome lesson for me :) thanks a lot

Thursday, August 1st 2013

Thank you so much for this lesson! I will work on this passive voice because I am taking the TOEFL exam in 3 weeks :D

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Thanks a lot!!

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

ohhh… its good lesson,,,thanksss

Thursday, August 15th 2013

Hi Adam.
Explain, plz; why in the first question of Quiz need to be “were arested”,not “are arrested”?
Thank you for advance.

Friday, August 23rd 2013


Sunday, September 8th 2013

hi adam i don t understundthis lessons :(

Friday, September 13th 2013

Good Job.

Sunday, September 15th 2013

HI Adam;
I didn’t found the passives in equation 7.
Can you please help me to find them?

Friday, September 20th 2013

Hello Adam:

I got a question, please if you could help, I will really thankful to you.

Perfect Modal verb: The boy could have done the dishes himself but he took his girl-friend help to wash the dishes.

Passive voice: Dishes could have been done by the boy…but he took his girl-frined help to wash the dishes.

The second sentnce is a Modeal perfect in passive form..could+have+been+done.

Adam is that correct?



Monday, October 7th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Thanks it is useful lesson how i can join

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

I have completed the test with 10 correct answers =D

Tuesday, November 5th 2013

لولولولي this typing is a sound actually we make in egypt to congratulate someone
and I’M SO GLAD AS I GOT 10/10

Tuesday, November 5th 2013

This is distinctly one of the best that EngVid has offered us. As always, we are immensely grateful and eager for more precious work.

Thursday, November 7th 2013


Sunday, November 17th 2013

lucky, lucky this quiz was hard to do. I got 9. I considered the first option but instead I chose the last. But it’s okay, since the two is right

Sunday, November 17th 2013

Thanks, I got 100%.

Friday, November 22nd 2013

Very nice lesson!

Thursday, November 28th 2013

Hi Adam, i am worried about my IELTS writing, my grammar is a huge issue for me which limits blocks me from reaching 6.5 on the writing section. what shall i do? thanks

Thursday, November 28th 2013

thank you
it was really important and diffirent lesson
i like it

Friday, November 29th 2013

Hi Adam, I always attend the videos classes at ENGVID.com and now I am preparing myself for TOEFL Exam.

I have a question, in a passive voice, what is the difference between the following sentences:

1 – The rat was eaten
2 – The rat has been eaten

Are both correctly?

Sunday, December 22nd 2013

    1. The rat was eaten means past and it is completed
    2.The rat has been eaten means past but there is a prove that the rat is eaten maybe it’s legs ,tail or head

    Saturday, January 11th 2014

    Hi. Yes both are passive. They are different in tense. The best

    Friday, June 8th 2018

think you teacher ,merci beaucoup :)

Sunday, December 22nd 2013

very interesting lesson
thank u truly

Sunday, December 29th 2013

Thanks teacher ADAM. Interesting lesson.

Saturday, January 4th 2014

thanks teacher ADAM for useful lesson but I still have some difficulties to understand how I can make a good essay in IELTS and using PASSIVE?

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Thank for you T.Adam in fact it is useful and i learnt a lot but it was on passive of present simple

Saturday, January 11th 2014

    it is on passive only

    Saturday, January 11th 2014

Redbus was started by a a software engineer name Phani. He wasn’t had confidence when he started his business in 2005. Now Redbus is Indian top online ticket booking website with revenue over 10 million rupees.

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

Nice job

Monday, January 20th 2014


Wednesday, January 29th 2014


Thursday, January 30th 2014

Really helpful, thank you Adam

Saturday, February 8th 2014

good lesson!
but, what “a tech” mean? in the sentence “a tech was dispatched the same day”

Sunday, February 9th 2014

Hi Adam, will you tell me the 4 passive sentences

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

so far,nobody explained in this fashion.it helps me to write in interesting way.thank you.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

could you suggest me a site,where my writing skills can be assessed and made me write in constructive manner.i am comfortable in English except in writing the same.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Thank you Adam

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Thank you Adam. When I leaned causative from you.
I made some mistakes . I’m not good at passive.
I failed again!
I’ll keep trying!

Saturday, March 8th 2014

Great work!

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Sir Adam, are you at Facebook? where can i find you? would you mind if I add you there? Sir Alex share his, hope you share yours, I wanna have a friends who are professionals. Such as you and Sir Alex :)

Friday, March 14th 2014

Thanks sir!! I’m going to take the quiz later! I have an important exam tomorrow and i’m soo glad I found this cool videos :’)

Friday, March 21st 2014

*these* Hahaha that’s not good uh :S

Friday, March 21st 2014

Hi Adam, thank you for the interesting lesson! I glad to be registered on this site. It’s very useful!

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Thanks a lot Adam.

Monday, March 31st 2014

OHH! great I got 10 out of 10! thanks, I like your lessons Adam you’re a great teacher even better than mine :D

Friday, April 11th 2014

Can we say as in a quiz, the computer was delievered Saturday? I’ve thought that “The computer was delivered ON Saturday” is more grammaticly correct…

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

i got 90

Thursday, June 5th 2014

Hi Mr Adam. Thank you for your informative video.
You have said that we can use passive in our essay writing.But Ms Emma has said in a video that we should avoid using passive in the writing.What’s the problem?

Monday, June 9th 2014

Hello Adam,
I got Q # 7 &8 wrong. Could you please elaborate on those questions.

Sunday, July 6th 2014

Thank you Adam,
I’m actually glad for lesson about passive voice. You said totally truth, we know passive voice but we don’t know for what we should use it.

Monday, July 7th 2014

HI teacher Adam .
can you tell us more about passive .
i found it very difficult.
how could i change from passive to active ?
thank you

Thursday, July 10th 2014

    Hi . The house was cleaned . (by the woman)
    The woman cleaned the house. 1) We write the real subject in the begining of the sentence. 2) We omit ( be: was, were, are…) then we write the correct form of the main verb( based on the tense of be, and the subject) . The subject of the passive sentence is the object of the active sentence. Thease are the main points. Ihope it helps

    Friday, June 8th 2018

Hi.teacher Adum.
I have saw this website a few day ago that made me happy to improve English with your lesson.I would like you comment me message.I try to learn English by watching soundtrack’movies,listening music,conversation with foreigner and your lesson.thank you for your kind, Regard.

Friday, July 11th 2014

After the second time I learned and made the test, I got 10 correct out of 10. yeah.. thank you, teacher.

Sunday, July 13th 2014

This lesson was very interested, I got 80 thanks Adam.
You are the man.

Monday, July 14th 2014

adam id like have a teacher like u in my university great job

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Tanx Adam u were useful to me

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Adam you are simply the best!I follow different lessons and teachers but i ve subscribed only you.You turn me on.I try to improve my english and you are perfect even tough i can t speak with nobody for my conversations.I got correct 8 of 10.The seven one was difficult.I reply 6 but 4 was the correct answer.Would be great understand which one was correct.i was boring for sure but thank to you i will improve.I d like if you could reply but may be i ask too much.

Thursday, July 17th 2014

You are a top teacher!Thank you!

Friday, July 18th 2014

That was great mr. Adam

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

actually the test was scored 7 out of 10

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

that was great and you are the best :)

Monday, August 11th 2014

I have found only 3 passive sentences

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Ando bien podrido con el inglés, pero créanme que me la voy a rifar: ¡Bien Machín!

Sunday, August 31st 2014

it’s simple and very useful….thx for all (EngVid Family)

Saturday, September 13th 2014

Hi Adam
thanks for your videos. in fact this lesson was very interest with me, but i have confused when i use “it” my estimation was when i use it my i write example, this videos it was very delicious.
repeatedly thanks for your teaching

Sunday, September 14th 2014

80% correct

Saturday, September 20th 2014

Wow! 100% correct. Thank you very much.

Sunday, September 21st 2014

Dear Adam,
I usually watched your videos without having an account. But, today I decided to create one to be able to send a comment for you! First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your really interesting lessons. You are an inherent teacher, believe me! Your videos are perfect and that’s why I try not to miss even one of them. I am a graduate student in engineering and though I am quite familiar with these subjects, almost all of your lessons have something new to tell me and of course some fun!
Hope the Lord brings you all the best!

Saturday, October 4th 2014

Hi Adam I am studying passive in my college and they gave me two ways to do it, one of them, is the idiomatic sentences ..x example I am given a dog.
This is very difficult to me because is completely different of my idioms.do you have some class explaining the different ways of passive ? Thank s a lot for your time! Regards

Thursday, October 9th 2014

Hello! Thank you for your lessons, they help so much!
I was watching videos for TOEFL and I’m confused with one thing.
In this lesson you are talking to us that it’s really important to use Passive because professors who will check your essay will see that we know how to use Passive, so, we’ll get a good mark.
But in the lesson called “5 tips to improve your writing” by Emma, she is talking that we shouldn’t use passive too often especially taking TOEFL. Emma said that universities usually use Active voice.
Can you please answer, should I use Passive for my TOEFL essay?

Saturday, October 18th 2014

Dear adam
Thank you for sharing the video
you are the best ~~~

Monday, October 20th 2014

Passive form always confused me but now I understand it better. Thanks

Sunday, October 26th 2014

thanks Adam very good lesson and it is a good opportunity to learn English well, sorry for my poor English languish and i hope be better in the future

Sunday, October 26th 2014

Hey Adam!
I have an important question. You said that passive voice makes essey more interesting, but Emma said that it is not good to use it in it.
So, should I use in essey or no??

Saturday, November 15th 2014

Hi Adam, As usual very nice lesson about Passive. First time I came to know about the Agent, which I thought Object. I would like to appreciate for the efforts you guys are putting to present simple and very nice lessons for English Language learning.

Monday, November 24th 2014

Hi Teacher Adam :)
thanks for the lesson it was quiet interesting but still i didn’t get it all the things what you mentioned because my grammar is poor i love to learn English and also i wanna do my higher studies in English as i don’t have any other choice because i live in abroad :( :(
please if u can make more videos about grammar for the beginners it will be more beneficial :) :) :)

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thanks Mr.Adam ,the lesson is clear ,I want ask about the question no.9 ,
can i use name of the days without preposition?

Friday, December 19th 2014

Love Passive Voice. In my mother language we don’t use it very often, which is a pity.If we do, people think you’re snobish!!!!

Great lesson, as usual, Adam.

Sunday, December 28th 2014

Thanks Mr Adam for the lesson, but in my perspective i found ambiguity here.

I still do not understand why the first question’s answer is “WERE ARRESTED” not “ARE ARRESTED”

I still confused why the fifth question’s answer is THE MECHANIC – BECAUSE HE IS OBVIOUS. How if his car has been fixed by his friends or by his son?

Why the answer of question number 9 is “IT WAS DELIVERED SATURDAY”?
Is not it false, it is. I prefer to say “IT WAS DELIVERED ON SATURDAY”. If i were in the TOEFL TEST IT WOULD BE A GREAT MISTAKE!!!!!!!

What is going on here!!!!????

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Hey, I don’t know why but this guy has got my sympathy :D Thanks for the video, Adam :)

Thursday, January 15th 2015

ADAM, you are the best teacher of whom i’ve ever seen ! Thank you so much.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015

Hi Professor Adam,
Your great lesson and suitable examples ( they are sometimes missing in your lessons). I am waiting for part 2 of it.
The quiz is a super bonus to the lesson. Thank you.

Sunday, February 1st 2015

6/10:(I never learn this I think. but you are really great teacher:)
Thank for your nice lesson .

Sunday, February 8th 2015

I have completed the quiz and I have got a question, please – what about “named” being a kind of passive in this chunk: “a little-known art historian named Bart Hemsey” – that is, ” a little-known art historian (who was) named Bart Hemsey”? Thank you in advance

Monday, February 16th 2015

Got 100% thanx for the lesson

Wednesday, February 18th 2015

Hello Adam last question is confused me ;/

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

I took the quiz before watching the video. :-) That was a great start for me.

Saturday, March 14th 2015

Adam can you please make a lesson how to make passive form of intransitive verb. like that of, “I’m go to a restaurant.”

Saturday, March 21st 2015

Adam thank you for your effort but question no 4 confused me

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Can you tell how can I get to the next lesson . thank you

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Very usefull lesson Adam.Passive voice is not easy to understand but you explian that nicely.Thanks…

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

Hi Adam, thank you for your lesson. Question no.7 i got 5 passives: “…identity has been studied…new theory was proposed…named Bart Hemsey…concrete proof has been provided…can both be found in the paint.” Pls tell me why 4?

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

Thank you Adam! Gr8 work!

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

Hi Adam very helpful your video. But I have a question for you, How can I improve my vocabulary if almost every one here speak Spanish? I will be glad if you answer. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Thanks Adam! You´re a great teacher. I understand better this topic!

Thursday, May 28th 2015

Thank you for good explanation :)

Tuesday, June 9th 2015

Good lesson Adam

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

Hu, Adam! It always tickles me pink to know something new through your lessons. Lesson about keeping fit is especially interesting. Could you share with us ‘Ice hockey vocabulary’ and ‘(ice) hockey idioms’.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

The birthday cake was made by the woman. She is my wife. So I said delicious after the cake was eaten by me. Therefore, I was not punched…XD

Friday, July 24th 2015

Hi teacher. Thank you for the video.
I need study more, it still complicated for me

Thursday, July 30th 2015

hello adam!
thank you your video:)

I have a question.

I found passive 5 but it was wrong.

1. has been studied for many years

2. was proposed

3. named Bart Hemsey

4. has been provided

5. be found in the paint

Could you explain why it was wrong?

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

    Hi, number 3: named….., is Not passive . The best

    Friday, June 8th 2018

Good insight to this difficult subjetc. Thanks o’lot.

Thursday, August 6th 2015

Thank you very much Adam
Now I understand the passive voice.But Can tou tell me the difference between watch and look at

Saturday, August 8th 2015

Tank you so much . The lesson was very useful and the quiz was also very useful for more understanding.

Saturday, August 29th 2015

Would you please explain when to be+3rd form of verb is used in sentence?there to be means to be not auxilary verb am is are etc.Here i am putting a sentence to clarify my question.”The light source must therefore be immensely brighter if is to be used as a headlight to illuminate the path.Please explain.

Wednesday, September 9th 2015

9 OUT OF 10

Thursday, September 10th 2015

Hi, It Quiz was too dificult to me, I had 5 out of 10.
finally I understand pasive voice.

Friday, September 11th 2015

    I had 9 out of 10. But sometimes is difficult for me Patico…

    Friday, January 20th 2017

I might be wrong,but ihave heard first can not be say as firstly and you used so.
so sir…! please correct me if i am wrong.

Saturday, September 12th 2015

10/10 thanks a lot <3

Friday, September 18th 2015

dear Adam,you’re like the GREATEST TEACHER ON EARTH.
all the best…

Friday, September 18th 2015

Passive Voice is so complicated, but this was an engaging lesson and about everything useful. Thank you so much Adam you are an Amazing teacher but I must to study more about this subject.

Thursday, October 1st 2015

80 ))) OLEY)))

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

The question about “The computer store delivered the computer on Saturday”. The right answer is “It was delivered Saturday” or it should be “It was delivered ON Saturday”? Which is correct?

Saturday, December 5th 2015

Hi Adam
I am hailed from India .i feel like to speak English fluently and written .
could you give me valuable suggestions ,please?

Tuesday, December 15th 2015


In spoken English how to use passive voice easily …

Tuesday, December 15th 2015

I don’t find the words to express my feelings.

Thursday, December 31st 2015

Thank you very much!

Wednesday, January 6th 2016


Friday, January 8th 2016


Saturday, January 9th 2016

Hi.7/10. Excellent quiz. I haven’t seen the video yet ! Thanks.After that ,I’m sure I’ll get 10.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

hi 7/10 great activity to test knowledge about passive.
Can we convert optative and exclamatory to passive if yes please share links or resources
i shall be very thankful

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

wait for reply plz help me to clear concept

Friday, January 15th 2016

Hi! Quick question.
Why in the 9th question there is no “on” before the day?
It was deliverd ——-on——- Saturday.

Is it really correct?

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thanks Adam. I got 7 out of 10. but I will be better in the next lesson. thank you again.

Sunday, January 31st 2016

Noooo. I always get 7 out of 10. I don’t know. Thanks Adam.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

Great video , thank you !

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

hey adam, i want to thank you for the great lessons, i and i’m sure almost everybody that have been watching these lessons, have been improving their English a lot. thank you and all the engvid.com’ screw for this so helpfull lesson god bless you all.

Sunday, February 7th 2016

oops crew, sorry

Sunday, February 7th 2016

Which sentence could best replace the bold words above?
The computer delivered on Saturday,
The delivery company delivered the computer on Saturday,
On Saturday the computer came,
It was delivered Saturday,

It was delivered Saturday,
It was delivered on Saturday. which one is correct ?

Saturday, February 13th 2016

Thank you Adam.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Hello Adam,

First of all, congratulations and thank you by the class.

I have a doubt about the question number 7.
I couldn’t find the 4 passive sentences at this question. I know i have to study more, but, can you help me to find then. Thank you for your time.

Sorry if I did some errors at this text/question.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Nice class Adam. Thank you very much!

Monday, February 15th 2016

thanks :)

Friday, February 19th 2016

I liked your explanation about the Passive voice. You gave me a new point of view to explain it to my students. Thank you!

Friday, February 26th 2016

HI Adam, Could you please interpret that?

1. Five of the gang members _____________ after a long police hunt following the burglary.
was caught
were arrested
were stop
are arrested

Monday, February 29th 2016

    8 out of 10

    I choose (are arrested) but it is wrong answer (

    Monday, February 29th 2016

    Hi, the time is Past, so ( were ) is correct here. The best

    Friday, June 8th 2018

Your lessons are so interesting and understandable, thank you for what you are doing.:)

Friday, March 4th 2016

Hi Adam,

For the 9th question:
I think the answer should be “It was delivered ON Saturday.”

Am I right?

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

Thank you!!

Wednesday, March 16th 2016


Friday, March 18th 2016

hi adam thanks for the help

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

I got 10 out of 10 :D thank you very much for your help, I have a test about passive voice tomorrow, I hope your explanations will help me :)

Sunday, April 24th 2016

Thank you Adam!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 29th 2016

I’d like to know from wich video I shuold start for preparing for TOEFL? I couldn’t find which video is 1st, 2nd, etc…could you help me

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Thank you dear very nice and creative lesson for me.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Hi! Thanks for powerfull lesson.
When you told somebody says “I don’t use the passive and although this I feel OK whaile speaking…” I thought how about useful phrases like:
– I am interested in…
– …after this it became clear

I mean we use the passive pretty often even we don’t think about we use it ; )

Sunday, May 15th 2016

it was very useful thanks

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Hi, Adam. Can you explain question #7 please. Thank you)

Wednesday, June 1st 2016

Thank you Adam.I think that very important to know how and when we can use passive . As always very useful lesson.

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

Thanks very much . .

Saturday, June 11th 2016

very nice

Friday, June 17th 2016

very useful

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Thank you,Adam for the great lessons!

Saturday, July 30th 2016

Was a great lesson, thanks a lot Adam

Saturday, September 17th 2016

hello adam
where are you from?

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

Thanks Adam!!!! regards from Perú

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Many thanks will be delivered to Adam for this good lesson ;)

Monday, October 17th 2016

it’s difficult lesson
my degree is just 40%

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

You are amazing Maitre! Thanks for lessons.

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

Wonderful #Adam

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

Hi Adam! I got 100 :D

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

I still confuse a bit :'(

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

Thank you Adam

Monday, December 12th 2016

I’ve got 6/10.
Very bad for me. I need to improve passive voice skills.
Thank you.
Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, January 4th 2017

I am a Taiwanese English teacher.

The reason why my English is so good in comparsion with most of my fellow Taiwanese is that I have been constantly learning and practicing English.

Hopefully the average Emglish ability level for Taiwanese can improve a lot in the very near future.

I have finished watching this video completely.

This video is awesome!!!!

It is bloody useful!!

Big thanks to the teacher and all the fellow students around the world.

Monday, January 9th 2017

Thank you for the lesson; but i have a question, you said that use passive voice for the TOEFL test is a good option, in another video teacher Emma said it isn’t. Is it a good option? or only if it’s necessary, for example, as you said, to avoid a boring essay?

Tuesday, January 10th 2017

I got 90/100. Thanks a lot Adam. Can you tell me which is correct in these sentences :-
1. An European country.
2. A European country.

Thursday, January 12th 2017

Hi Adam, thank you so much for the useful lesson, I got 10/10. You have the best teaching way I have ever seen.

Thursday, January 12th 2017

thanks a lot teacher Adam

Sunday, January 15th 2017

I have to admit these kind of topics are very confused sometimes… Although I feel my English is working better!!! Welcome to Colombia THE LAND OF MAGICAL REALISM!!!

Friday, January 20th 2017

Are you Colombian, too?
I am from Bogotá, this is the capital, great City.

Friday, January 20th 2017

Hello, Adam Thank you for the very precious English lessons you teach us.

For this lesson I have no problem about using the Passive, but I am curious about how to use “which is why, this is why and that is why, I got these from the example while you were explaining about using Passive on Coca Cola example.

Your reply is much appreciated.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 29th 2017

thank u adam 😊

Friday, February 3rd 2017

Must thank the incredible who was done such as these quizzes. more vocabulary, awesome written way.

I would like to express of my likely on you teacher Adam.
best wishes

Thursday, February 9th 2017

This lesson is so useful to understand passives. At the same time, I think the quiz was so enough to measure my success. Thank you, Adam!

Sunday, February 26th 2017

I’m just impressed, thank you so much teacher Adam,your lessons make me so happy .

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

I love it, I got 100 point so I think I am getting better.

Monday, March 6th 2017

Hi Adam brother,I have seen a Telugu movie named ‘Oopiri’. In that film Hero says ‘Beauty not admired is a sin’.Can you tell me what its meaning is.and what kind of sentence it is.Please let me know brother.I have asked many people.But I couldn’t get an appropriate answer.

Wednesday, March 15th 2017

I don’t know why, but I love to study passive voice… Thank u very much to bring us this important lesson.

Monday, March 20th 2017

l got 10 corrects. yeah!thanks Adam. you are the best!

Friday, March 31st 2017

Answer me Adam

Wednesday, April 5th 2017

you are such a great teacher Adaaaam thank you :)

Thursday, April 6th 2017

Yay i got 10 correct

Monday, April 10th 2017

Yayy i got 10

Monday, April 10th 2017

In question no2 we use ‘are believed’ but in question no.1 we use ‘were arrested’. Why can’t we use ‘are arrested’ in question no.1? Please sir! Clear this confusion.

Tuesday, April 18th 2017

    Hi, because of the tense! When the sentence is past we use Was or Were ( based on the new subject) and when it is present we use: Am, Is or Are. I wish it helps

    Friday, June 8th 2018

Dear Adam, I’ve a problem concerning the question n°8. As answer I chose “Da Vinci’s mother” instead of “Bart Hemsey’s theories” because in this latter the subject was plural, whereas, on my opinion, the theory was only one; this tricked me into thinking that was a wrong choice. Could you explain me why the plural form is correct in this case? Thank you so much.

Friday, April 28th 2017

how do i send essay to u

Friday, April 28th 2017

hi. everone. how can i learn ielts?
please advice me .

Saturday, May 13th 2017

I Feel Happy and motivated with this class, thanks teacher.

Friday, May 19th 2017

Thank you Adam

Monday, May 22nd 2017

Just 7/10, oh man, I need to improve myself. Thanks Adam.

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

Great video!! Many doubts solved!! :D
I got 9/10
Just a question: The sentence “It was delivered Saturday” shouldn’t have “on” before Saturday?

Friday, May 26th 2017

Thanks. Now I know the Passive Voice but I still with difficults about it. (score:8/10)

Wednesday, May 31st 2017

Great Lesson, thanks!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017

Thanks Adam!

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Thank you, Adam!

Thursday, June 29th 2017