The Passive Voice in Spanish

Spanish, like English, has an active and a passive voice. In the active voice, the subject generally performs some action. In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon.

Notice the difference between active and passive voice Spanish sentence constructions:

  • El chef preparó la comida.The chef prepared the meal. (active)
  • La comida fue preparada por el chef.The meal was prepared by the chef. (passive)
  • Los niños hacen los dibujos.The children make drawings. (active)
  • Los dibujos son hechos por los niños. – The drawings are made ​​by children (passive)
  • Los arquitectos construirán el edificio.The architects will construct the building. (active)
  • El edificio será construido por los arquitectos.The building will be constructed by the architects. (passive)


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