Amy Winehouse was found dead: Passive practice
Look out for lots of examples of the passive in the article.
Amy Winehouse has been pronounced dead after she was discovered by paramedics today in her North London home. The Back to Black singer was found at 3.54pm and her death is being treated as ‘unexplained’ by police. She was reported to be ‘beyond help’ when the emergency services arrived at her property. Two ambulance crews and a paramedic on a bicycle attended the scene after only 5 minutes, but it hasn’t been announced who actually made the 999 call.
The Metropolitan Police said: Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden today, following reports of a woman found deceased. Enquiries are being carried out into the circumstances of the death.
Amy was seen earlier this week at the iTunes festival when she jumped up on stage as her goddaughter and protégé Dionne Bromfield was performing.
Amy’s father, Mitch is currently on tour in America and is thought to be on a flight and has not been told the shocking news.
The unexpected news comes a month after she was booed off stage in Belgrade after giving an incoherent performance. She was clearly affected by some substance that night and her planned European tour was cancelled by her record company, to give her ‘as long as it takes’ to recover from her problems.
She was born on 14th September 1983, which means that she was 27 years old when she died today. This gives her membership to the notorious “Forever 27” club, which is a group of musicians who died while at the peak of their fame: Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones all passed away at the age of 27.
THE PASSIVE VOICE
Subject + be + past participle of main verb
We use the passive voice when:
1) we want to make the active object more important
e.g. My mouse Harold was eaten by a cat
(A cat ate my mouse is an active sentence. ‘My mouse‘ is the object of this active sentence. For me, Harold, my mouse is much more important than a strange cat from the street)
2) we don’t know/don’t care/ or it is obvious who the active subject is.
e.g. John Smith was arrested for murder today
(It is obvious that it was the police who were the people who arrested John Smith, so we do not really need to say this. However, if you do want to say who ‘did’ the action, then this is always introduced with the word ‘by’. E.g. Harold was eaten by my neighbour’s cat)
|SIMPLE||Present||It is eaten|
|Past||It was eaten|
|Future||It will be eaten|
|Conditional||It would be eaten|
|CONTINUOUS||Present||It is being eaten|
|Past||It was being eaten|
|Future||It will be being eaten|
|Conditional||It would be being eaten|
|PERFECT||Present||It has been eaten|
|Past||It had been eaten|
|Future||It will have been eaten|
|Conditional||It would have been eaten|
|PERFECT CONTINUOUS||Present||It has been being eaten|
|Past||It had been being eaten|
|Future||It wil have been being eaten|
|Conditional||It would have been being eaten|