Mittwoch, 16. März 2011

German : using passive voice

German : using passive voice

Passive voice emphasises the ACTION rather than the resulting STATE. If one wished simply to describe the resulting STATE, the verb " to be" PLUS the past participle is used.


Die Arbeit wird gemacht. ( the work is being done. ie., it is going on now)
Die Arbeit ist gemacht. (The work is done. ie., it is finished.)

Dir Tür wird geöffnet. ( The door is (being) opened. )
Dir Tür ist geöffnet. (The door is open.)


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