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Examples of active and passive verbs in each verb tense
- Simple Present
- Active: Amazon ships books around the world.
- Passive: Books are shipped around the world.
- Present Progressive (or Continuous)
- Active: The cover artist is designing the book cover.
- Passive: The book cover is being designed.
- Simple Past
- Active: The writer finished the book yesterday.
- Passive: The book was finished yesterday.
- Past Progressive (or Continuous)
- Active: The author was making a release date announcement.
- Passive: A release date announcement was being made.
- Active: Amazon will ship paperback books to readers.
- Passive: Paperback backs will be shipped to readers.
- Present Perfect
- Active: Readers have purchased the books from the author.
- Passive: The books have been purchased from the author.
- Past Perfect
- Active: The author had shown readers teasers for the new book for two months.
- Passive: The readers had been shown teasers for the new book for two months.
- Future Perfect
- Active: By next month, the author will have sold 5,000 copies of his new book.
- Passive: By next month, 5,000 copies of his new book will have been sold.
- Active: Readers can read this book for free on Kindle Unlimited.
- Passive: This book can be read for free on Kindle Unlimited.
To learn more about passive voice, check out this article: Passive Voice: Myth vs. Fact
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