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    I can never see where to use the passive in the translation section of the AQA A2 exam. Help please!
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    you can turn around lots of sentences from active to passive,
    eg I ate the apple > "The apple was eaten", la pomme a été mangée.
    so the object becomes the subject.
    Also, there's lots of cases in describing, eg 'the man was killed,'
    for AQA, do you have to use the passive?
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    The active has a subject performing an action, 'I killed him'. Any sentence where the agent perfoming the action is not given must be passive, 'He was killed'.
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    I used to remember one sentence in the passive, which would help me remember what the passive looks like in all tenses:

    The door is opened (by the cleaner) - La porte est ouverte (par le nettoyeur)
    The door was opened (by the cleaner) - La porte était ouverte (par le nettoyeur)
    The door has been opened (by the cleaner) - La porte a été ouverte (par le nettoyeur)
    The door had been opened (by the cleaner) - La porte avait été ouverte (par le nettoyeur)

    Hope this helps!
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    Check out these websites, they are very useful.
    http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa012300.htm
    http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa012300u.htm

    They mention how you can avoid using the passive as well as describing its uses and formation.
 
 
 
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