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1. PASSIVE VOICE  VERBS WITH TWO OBJECTS  HAVE/GET SOMETHING DONE  OTHER COMPLEX STRUCTURES 2. CONSTRUCTION  BE (Right tense) + PAST PARTICIPLE EXAMPLE: THE…
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  • 1. PASSIVE VOICE  VERBS WITH TWO OBJECTS  HAVE/GET SOMETHING DONE  OTHER COMPLEX STRUCTURES
  • 2. CONSTRUCTION  BE (Right tense) + PAST PARTICIPLE EXAMPLE: THE POSTMAN DELIVERED THE LETTERS VERY LATE THE LETTERS WERE DELIVERED VERY LATE
  • 3. USE (It is used more frequently in English)  When the emphasis is on the action or the object of the action. Ex: The food was cooked quickly  The agent may be omitted:  When it is clear who we are referring to. Ex: The thief was arrested last night  When it is unknown or unimportant Ex: My dog was found two days ago
  • 4. Verbs with TWO objects  The indirect object usually becomes the subject of the passive sentence. Example: We gave the police the information The police were given the information But also: The information was given TO the police MOST COMMON VERBS WITH TWO OBJECTS: give, send, show, lend, ask, tell, offer, order, pay…
  • 5. GET/HAVE SOMETHING DONE (CAUSATIVE FORM)  It is used to describe when someone does something for us. Example: We are going to have our house painted  It is used when something not very nice happens. Example: George had his nose broken SUBJECT + HAVE/ GET (right tense) + OBJECT+PARTICIPLE
  • 6. OTHER COMPLEX STRUCTURES  When we don’t know the doer of the action (Se dice, se piensa, se cree…). Verbs like: believe, know, think, report…  There are two different constructions for those verbs: 1) IT + BE (right tense) + PAST PARTICIPLE+ (THAT): Example: It is said (that) he is very ill 2) SUBJECT+ BE (right tense)+ PAST PARTICIPLE+ TO+ INFINITIVE: Example: He is said to be very ill
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