Essays on passive voice

"The passive in English is usually formed with the verb to be , yielding 'they were fired' or 'the tourist was robbed.' But we also have the 'get' passive, giving us 'they got fired' and 'the tourist got robbed.' The get-passive goes back at least 300 years, but it has been on a rapid rise during the past 50 years. It is strongly associated with situations which are bad news for the subject--getting fired, getting robbed--but also situations that give some kind of benefit. (They got promoted. The tourist got paid.) However, the restrictions on its use may be relaxing over time and get-passives could get a whole lot bigger." (Arika Okrent, "Four Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They're Happening." The Week , June 27, 2013)

Essays on passive voice

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