Passive voice – voix passive
Let's Define It!
What's the *passive voice*?
When a sentence is in la voix passive (passive voice), its grammatical subject does NOT do the action of the verb. Instead it is affected by it. For example, in
"La mangue est mangée par Julie." IThe mango is eaten by Julie
the subject la mangue doesn't do the action described by the verb. More precisely, la mangue isn't the one doing the eating described by the verb manger (Julie does.) The subject la mangue is the one affected by the eating performed by Julie (the agent).
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here, I'm providing some examples in the passive voice.
La voiture sera lavée par les enfants demain. /The car will be washed by the children tomorrow
Le français est parlé par des centaines de millions de gens dans le monde. / French is spoken by hundreds of million people in the world.
Le patient a été soigné par l'infirmière. The patiente has been treated by the nurse.