Passive (Syntax)
(3,103 words)

1. Structural properties of the passive

An active sentence changes into the passive by undergoing a number of structural changes. First, the subject of the sentence is deleted. Second, the object becomes the subject of the sentence and receives nominative case. Third, the active verb changes in…

Cite this page
Amira Agameya, “Passive (Syntax)”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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