Transitive verbs have both active and passive forms:

active   passive
The hunter killed the lion. >> The lion was killed by the hunter.
Someone has cleaned the windows >> The windows have been cleaned

The passive forms are made up of the verb be with a past participle:

  be past participle  
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The windows have been cleaned  
Lunch was being served  
The work will be finished soon
They might have been invited to the party

We sometimes use the verb get to form the passive:

Be careful with the glass. It might get broken.
Peter got hurt in a crash.

If we want to show the person or thing doing the action we use by:

She was attacked by a dangerous dog.
The money was stolen by her husband.

We can use the indirect object as the subject of a passive verb:


active   passive
I gave him a book for his birthday >> He was given a book for his birthday.
Someone sent her a cheque for a thousand euros >> She was sent a cheque for a thousand euros.

We can use phrasal verbs in the passive:


active   passive
They called off the meeting. >> The meeting was called off.
His grandmother looked after him. >> He was looked after by his grandmother.
They will send him away to school. >> He will be sent away to school.

Some verbs very frequently used in the passive are followed by the to-infinitive:


be supposed to be expected to be asked to
be scheduled to be allowed to be told to

John has been asked to make a speech at the meeting.
You are supposed to wear a uniform.
The meeting is scheduled to start at seven. 




 If there were few more examples on the use of get, it would be better. On the whole, the explanation is very easy to follow and explain to others.

 i want some exercises to be done

every thing must be defined clearly....

i could not get supposed to pls  explain it more

Hello Shireen,

If you are having problems with the meaning of 'supposed', try using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online box on the right of the page. Type 'supposed' into it and it will give you a definition and examples.

If you are still having problems after that, come back and explain. We'll do our best to help.

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The LearnEnglish Team

i want to learn all use of ' get'



 i don't review passive form with this exercises.

hope you are fine and doing well. keep one thing in your mind. that if u learn active and passive voice with all structures. u wont have any problem. with the english language. passive has very usege in daily conversion and many report.

thanx for this lesson

i love you amila jan. keep it up.