The passive in French
The passive in French is used to emphasize the object of the verb instead of the subject.
The passive is usually used to describe an event that was experienced, or an invention/discovery.
The passive in French is formed with: “être + past participle + par”.
The verb to be can be put in the present, past or future tense.
In the case of an action suffered:
Present tense: A man was assaulted
Past tense: A man was assaulted
Future tense: A man will be assaulted
In the case of an invention/discovery:
Present tense: My French lessons are discovered by the students
Past tense: My French lessons were discovered by the students
Future tense: My French lessons will be discovered by the students
-“Par” is never followed by a pronoun, we do not say: “par moi’, par lui etc…”
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