Agent – agent


Let's Define It!

What's an *agent*?

In French grammar, an agent is normally found in sentences in the passive form/voice. It is the entity that causes the happening marked by the passive verb.

For example, in "J'ai été mouillé par la pluie", the noun pluie (rain) is the agent of the passive verb ai été mouillé [was wet].


Let's Pronounce It!

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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Find below a few examples of passive voice sentences with their agents (herein underlined).

  1. Mon frère a été piqué par une abeilleMy brother was stung by a bee. 
  2. La maison sera démolie par les ouvriersThe house will be demolished by the workers.
  3. Cette facture va être payée par moi.This bill will be paid by me.
  4. La souris fut mangée par le chatThe mouse was eaten by the cat.
  5. La voiture sera réparée par le mécanicienThe car will be repaired by the mechanic.


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