Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Grammartalk 10, Page One - Passive Voice

A: Time magazine is read by many people.
B: Where is it sold?
A: It’s sold at many newsstands.
B: Is it translated into many languages?
A: Yes, it is. And it is published every two weeks.
B: Many news stories are written for Time magazine.
A: Soccer is played by millions of people.
B: Players are not allowed to use their hands, except the goalie.
A: The ball is controlled by the feet, head, and body.
B: How often are the World Cup games held?
A: They are held every four years. The best teams in the world compete.
A: In The U.S, soccer is not as popular as in other countries.
B: Yes. American football is more popular.
A: Heavy equipment is worn by players.
B: The ball is passed by the quarterback.
A: The ball carriers are tackled. They’re often injured in this rough game.
B: American football is televised. It is watched by many people.
A: Has my car been repaired yet?
B: Not yet. It’s being repaired right now.
A: Exactly what is being done to my car?
B: The brakes are being adjusted.
A: Is the oil filter being replaced?
B: Yes, it is. And the tires are being rotated.
A: You’d better work faster. You’re being watched.
B: I’m being watched? What about you?
A: Yes. All of the workers are being videotaped now.
B: I don’t want to be watched while I work.
A: This factory is being evaluated now.
B: Evaluated? I hope they don’t close it. I don’t want to lose this job.
A: When was the Golden Gate Bridge constructed?
B: It was built in the 1930s.
A: Who designed the Golden Gate Bridge?
B: It was designed by Joseph B. Strauss.
A: When was the bridge completed?
B: It was completed in 1937. It was opened for traffic on May 28th of that year.
A: These are good photographs of you.
B: Do you really think so? They were taken in the rain.
A: Who took these photographs?
B: They were taken by my aunt Sophie.
A: Where were they developed?
B: They were developed at Walgreen’s Pharmacy.
A: What’s your favorite movie?
B: My favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
A: Who directed it?
B: It was directed by Frank Capra.
A: When was that movie made?
B: It was made in 1947. It wasn’t given a very good review when it came out.
A: Who composed that beautiful sonata?
B: It was composed by Beethoven.
A: Who wrote the novel “The Sun Also Rises?”
B: It was written by Ernest Hemingway.
A: That’s a great building. Who designed it?
B: It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
A: Who invented the telephone?
B: It was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.
A: Who flew the first airplane?
B: The first airplane was flown by the Wright Brothers.
A: What San Francisco landmark was named one of the “Seven Wonders of The World?”
B: The Golden Gate Bridge was named one of the “Seven Wonders of The World.”

Grammartalk 10, Page Two - Passive Voice Continued

A: Should I send the packages now?
B: No, that’s O.K. They’ve already been sent.
A: I want to help. Should I sweep the porch?
B: No, don’t worry. It’s already been swept.
A: At least let me help you pay the bills.
B: No problem. They’ve already been paid.
A: Have Bob’s birthday presents been wrapped yet?
B: Yes, they’ve already been wrapped.
A: Has the birthday cake been bought yet?
B: Yes, it’s already been bought.
A: Has it been decorated yet?
B: Yes, it’s already been decorated, and all
the invitations have been sent.
A: How have all the patients been so far?
B: There haven’t been any problems, Doctor.
A: Has Mr. Nelson’s blood pressure been taken?
B: Yes, and it’s lower than yesterday.
A: Has Mrs. Blue been given her medicine?
B: Yes, and she’ll be given her second dose in an hour.
A: Has June been told about her operation?
B: Yes, everything has been explained to her.
A: Is Mr. Warren ready to leave the hospital?
B: He’s already been sent home.
A: I wasn’t informed. Someone should have told me.
B: Mr. Warren was happy to go home.
A: Can we leave soon? It’s been a long day.
B: Yes, all the beds have been made.
A: Has the laundry been put away yet?
B: Yes, and all the dishes have been done.
A: But has the garbage been taken out yet?
B: Oh, no. The garbage hasn’t been taken out yet. I’ll do it right away.
A: When will the students be given an exam?
B: They will be given an exam next week.
A: When will they be told their results?
B: They’ll be told their results the following week.
A: When will they be registered for next semester?
B: They’ll be registered in May.
A: An important meeting will be held next month. Will you be there?
B: Of course. What subject will be discussed?
A: We’ll discuss the problem of drugs in our community.
B: Will any law officers be invited?
A: Yes, we’re inviting several police officers.
B: The drug dealers must be arrested or we’re going to have more problems.
A: Your back should be seen by a specialist.
B: Yes, my back is giving me a lot problems.
A: You should be given a list of exercises.
B: Yes, I want to be treated by a good physical therapist.
A: An anti-inflammatory medicine should be prescribed for you.
B: Yes, my pain has to be reduced or I can’t work very effectively.
A: I had my house painted last week.
B: Did you have your broken windows repaired?
A: Yes, and I got my sink installed finally.
B: Have you had your carpets cleaned yet?
A: No, I got them all replaced. The stains wouldn’t come out.
B: I heard your car was towed away last week.
A: Yes, and it’s really a shame. I was charged an arm and a leg to get it back.
A: Sorry. Your car can’t be repaired. It’s too old.
B: But, it has to be repaired. I need it.
A: No, there are several parts that can’t be replaced.
B: What do you mean, they can’t be replaced?
A: The carburetor for this car can’t be found anywhere.
B: You mean, parts can’t be located for a 1936 Ford?