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Future simple – passive

There are several reasons as to why we use the passive voice in English. In these notes, we’re going to focus on the future simple in the passive voice and its elaborations. Generally, we use the passive when the focus is on the action and NOT on WHO or WHAT is performing the action.

Construction: will + be + past participle

Example verb: carry

I will be carried   We will be carried
You will be carried You (guys) will be carried
He/she/it will be carried   They will be carried
(1) The subject is unknown, therefore, we don’t know who or what is the subject. 
  • The future of great art like the Mona Lisa will be done by artists of which I cannot name.
  • I wish I knew my bride that I’ll be married to. 
(2) We use the passive to emphasise the subject. 
  • Henry will be chosen to represent Great Britain in the Olympics next year. (The emphasis is on Henry, hence, the passive).   
  • Mark will be selected for the championships.
(3) We use the passive to talk about general truths. 
  • The laws of physics will soon be altered when we provide these mathematical proofs.
  • Quantum mechanics won’t be changed at all.
(4) We can use the passive if we want to be unclear or vague about the subject.  
  • Experiments will be realised, that’s all I can say for now.
  • Results will be achieved. 
  • Mistakes shall be made…
(5) We use the passive when the subject is irrelevant. (We don’t care who or what has caused the action to be). 
  • The new oil rig will be built by the end of this month.
  • Somebody will be finished with my work when I’m done, and I don’t care who.
(6) We use the passive in a more formal atmosphere like a thesis or an important piece of writing, especially scientifically speaking. 
  • By the conclusion of this thesis, adequate results will be met with evidence.
  • Having looked at the math, results will be drawn from this conclusion.

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