Conditional Passive: Recognise

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Recognise & Form: Conditional Passive


Structures of Conditional Passive

Let's first have a look at the structure of the Conditional Passive in terms of the various grammatical moods (indicative, interrogative, imperative) and in terms of polarity (positive and negative).

WOULD + BE + PAST PARTICIPLE

Positive Structures
indicative You would be accepted
indicative contracted They'd be preferred
interrogative Would we be invited?
imperative IMPERATIVE

Negative Structures
indicative They would not be considered
indicative contracted (1) We'd not be sent
indicative contracted (2) It wouldn't be allowed
interrogative Would they be produced?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE

RECOGNISE: Conditional Passive

If students would like a methodical approach to being sure that they know what tense they are looking at then I propose something like this (The "I.F. + A'Loop"):

The "IF and A'loop" Recognise Model

Use I.F. - To get Tense/Modal and to Convert to the Tense Infinitive

  1. INDICATIVE: convert to the indicative form
    • QUESTION: "Can you go?" => "You can go."
    • NEGATIVE: "They didn't travel." => "They travelled"
    • NB - The auxiliary 'DO DID etc' will disappear.
    • IMPERATIVE: "Run" => "You run."
  2. FIRST WORDS
    • First Word is the Person (1st 2nd 3rd, Singular or Plural)
    • Note and Remove
    • Second Word is the Tense or the Modal or start of a Special Structure?
    • MODAL: Note and Remove
    • SPECIAL STRUCTURE: Note and Remove
    • TENSE (Past or Present): Note and Convert to Bare infinitive
    • (eg HAD => HAVE, RAN =>RUN, WAS => BE, etc)

Let's use I.F. with the Conditional Passive

She wouldn't be watched.
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative.
Indicative Click me! She would be watched.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal/Special Structure Click me! WOULD (Conditional)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE WATCHED
Wouldn't they be sold?
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative Question
Indicative Click me! They would be sold
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal Click me! WOULD (Conditional)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE SOLD
Would we be investigated?
Negative? Question? Click me! Question
Indicative Click me! We would be investigated
Person Click me! 1st
Tense/Modal/Structure Click me! WOULD (Conditional)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE INVESTIGATED

Many times it is possible to see the Infinitive Form of the tense quickly, next is the Auxiliary Loop (A'Loop).

The A'Loop to Find the Tense

  1. Is the FIRST WORD: the LAST word?
    • This is the verb!!!
  2. ...if not...

    The FIRST WORD is BE or HAVE!

    The second word is -ING or Past Participle!

  3. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  4. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by -ing?
    • This is the CONTINUOUS Aspect.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the -ING to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  5. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PASSIVE Voice.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again (Must be last word)
  6. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again

Let's use the A'Loop with the Conditional Passive!

BE INVITED
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? NO ? NO ? NO ? YES
Convert -ING/PP to INFINITIVE -dont use if ended
Click me! INVITE
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? YES ? ? ?
The Verb is TO INVITE

Form: Conditional Passive

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