Past Simple Passive: Form

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Form: Past Simple Passive

For a full breakdown of the structure of the Past Simple Passive, please see Recognise: Past Simple Passive.


TO BE (Past Form) + PAST PARTICIPLE

It was studied


If you have problems forming the tense I propose this sequence, GO BACKWARDS!

  • BACKWARDS
  • First the Voice and then Aspects
    1. Take the tense to form, eg Past Perfect Passive of To FINISH
    2. What is the Passive of To FINISH? To BE finished
    3. What is the Perfect of To BE? To HAVE been finished
    4. TO HAVE BEEN FINISHED is the Perfect Passive of To Finish
  • Next going backwards is the MODAL,TENSE or STRUCTURE
    1. PAST Perfect Passive =
    2. HAD been finished
    3. CONDITIONAL Perfect Passive =
    4. WOULD have been finished
    5. PRESENT Perfect Passive =
    6. HAVE / HAS been finished
  • Next the PERSON
    • Now add the person, changing form where necessary
    • THEY + Past Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAD been finished
    • THEY + Conditional Perfect Passive
    • THEY WOULD have been finished
    • THEY + Present Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAVE been finished
  • M = MODIFY
    • Finally we look at the last modifiers:
    • Mood (indicative, interrogative, imperative)
    • Polarity (Positive or Negative)
    • Contractions (if you want a more informal style)
    • Changing where necessary.
    • Negative of They would come = THEY WOULDN'T COME
    • Question of We arrived = DID WE ARRIVE?
    • Negative Question of You should have come = SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE COME?

Forming the Past Simple Passive...


PERSON she
TYPE positive
VERB to take
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Passive
BACKWARDS
PASSIVE TO BE TAKEN
SIMPLE TO BE taken
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PAST WAS / WERE taken
PERSON
CONJUGATE SHE WAS taken
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION X
ANSWER:
She was taken

PERSON It
TYPE Question
VERB To eat
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Passive
BACKWARDS
PASSIVE TO BE EATEN
SIMPLE TO BE eaten
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PAST WAS / WERE eaten
CONJUGATE IT WAS eaten
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION WAS IT eaten?
ANSWER:
Was it eaten?

PERSON They
TYPE Negative Question
VERB To cook
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Passive
BACKWARDS
PASSIVE TO BE COOKED
SIMPLE TO BE cooked
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PRESENT WAS/WERE cooked
PERSON
CONJUGATE THEY WERE cooked
MODIFY
NEGATIVE THEY WEREN'T cooked
QUESTION WEREN'T THEY cooked?
ANSWER:
Weren't they cooked?

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They
Negative
To Eat
Past
Simple
Passive

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Answer


They weren't eaten
They were not eaten

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