Word on the Street

If you want to improve your English, this is the right thing for you.

Word on the Street is an exciting new English Language teaching programme co-produced by the BBC and the British Council. Word on the Street looks at how English works in everyday life and presents lively aspects of young British culture. Each half hour episode is filmed in a different place in the UK and features drama, interviews and reports to help you improve your English language skills. Each short video explores a different topic like music, art, sports etc.

Extracts from these videos together with online comprehension tasks can be found on http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street

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Passive Voice

Voice is a verb form that indicates if the sentence’s subject performs or receives an action.

There are two types of voice—active voice and passive voice.

  • If the sentence’s subject performs the action, the sentence is written in the active voice. “The pilot landed the plane” is written in the active voice since the subject (pilot) performed the action (landed the plane).
  • If the sentence’s subject receives the action, the sentence is written in the passive voice. “The plane was landed by the pilot” is written in the passive voice since the subject (plane) received the pilot’s action (landed the plane).

The passive is a grammar construction that uses the auxiliary to be and the past participle of a verb. The passive can be used in all tenses. The following list has examples of the most common uses:

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