Passive Voice and Tense Copy

Many people confuse passive voice and tense. They think that they’re using passive voice because it’s in the past tense. But passive voice can be any of the six tenses.

This is how it works: 

  • Passive voice is a combination of a to be verb (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been) with a past participle (written).
  • The tense of the to be verb determines the tense of the passive voice. 

the baseball was hit.

You can have a passive voice in any of the following six tenses.

 For example: 

  • is written
  • was written
  • will be written
  • has been written
  • had been written
  • will have been written