What tenses can we use for the passive?
We can use any tense in the passive form: present (1,2,3), past (4,5,6) and future (7), as well as the simple (1,4), progressive (2,5) and perfective aspects (3,6).
We can see that any active construction can be shifted into the passive tense by moving the object to the front of the sentence, and adding the conjugated verb ‘be’. The passive voice is used often in academic writing such as assignments, dissertations and theses, as well as in journal articles and published literature such as books. We also find the passive tense used professionally in reports, instruction manuals and guidance on procedures. Finally, we often see the passive tense used in news reports, in both their written and spoken forms. So, with such a wide range of uses, and featuring with such frequency in academia, it can be seen that a clear understanding and ability to use the passive tense is an essential skill for any student, researcher, academic author, business person or journalist.