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How to Change from Active to Passive:

1. accusative object of active sentence to nominative subject of passive sentence
2. active verb to a tense of werden (same tense!) plus the past participle of verb in active sentence
3. subject to von + dative object in the passive sentence, if agent is mentioned

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Present Tense

Viele Studenten lesen diesen Roman. = Dieser Roman wird von vielen Studenten gelesen.
Many students read this novel. = This novel is read by many students.

3

Imperfect Tense

Viele Studenten lasen diesen Roman. = Dieser Roman wurde von vielen Studenten gelesen.
Many students read this novel. = This novel was read by many students.

4

Future Tense

Viele Studenten werden diesen Roman lesen. = Dieser Roman wird von vielen Studenten gelesen werden.
Many students will read this novel. = This novel will be read by many students.

5

Present Perfect Tense

Viele Studenten haben diesen Roman gelesen. = Dieser Roman ist von vielen Studenten gelesen worden.
Many students have read this novel. = This novel has been read by many students.

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Past Perfect Tense

Viele Studenten hatten diesen Roman gelesen. = Dieser Roman war von vielen Studenten gelesen worden.
Many students had read this novel. = This novel had been read by many students.

*Notice that in the passive voice, the past participle of werden is worden and not geworden.

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Durch

Durch can replace von when the agent is an impersonal force (fire, wind, etc.); but it cannot be used if preceded by a limiting word (such as an article or adjective.)

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Passive with Modals

Shifts in tense will only affect the modal part of the sentence.  The infinitive forms of the past participles are used with modals in the passive voice as well.  And where you might expect something like Das Haus hat werden müssen verkauft, the actual construction is Das Haus hat verkauft werden müssen because of the double infinitive construction.  Double infinitives always go to the end of the sentence, but you only need to worry about these in the present perfect and past perfect tenses.

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Passive Infinitives

To be + past participle in English is translated as the past participle + werden in German. With a passive infinitive, usually only the present or simple past of modals is used.
Die Tiere konnten gerettet werden. The animals were able to be saved.

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