All About Education

TOEFL Structure Part 12: Passives-Word Order


Problem 12 Passives-Word Order
Remember that in a passive sentence the actor is unknown or not important. The subject is not the actor. Passive sentences are also common in certain styles of scientific writing.

S
BE
participle

State University
is
located
at the corner of College and Third

Avoid using a participle without a form of the verb BE.

INCORRECT: My wedding ring made of yellow and white gold.
CORRECT: My wedding ring is made of yellow and white gold.
(It is the ring, not the person who made the ring, that is important.)

INCORRECT: If your brother invited, he would come.
CORRECT: If your brother were invited, he would come.
(It is your brother, not the person who invited him, that is important.)

INCORRECT: Mr. Wilson known as Willie to his friends.
CORRECT: Mr. Wilson is known as Willie to his friends.
(It is Mr. Wilson,not his friends, that is important.)

INCORRECT: References not used in the examination room.
CORRECT: References are not used in the examination room.
(It is references, not the persons using them, that are important.)

INCORRECT: Laura born in Iowa.
CORRECT: Laura was born in Iowa.
(It is Lnura, not her mother who bore her, that is important.)

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

In the stringed instruments, the tones ______ by playing a bow across a set of strings that may
be made of wire or gut.
(A) they produce
(B) producing
(C) are produced
(D) that are producing

Part B: Choose the incorrect word or phrase and correct it.

Work is often measure in units called foot pounds.
(A) (B) (C) (D)
Labels: Structure TOEFL

Thanks for reading TOEFL Structure Part 12: Passives-Word Order. Please share...!

0 Comment for "TOEFL Structure Part 12: Passives-Word Order"

Back To Top