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simple worksheet on the use and formation of the passive in German
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Fine as far as it goes, but the whole point/problem of the so-called Passive is that 'to be + PP' in English can be one of two things. 'The door was closed' either means that is how it was, closed; or it means something happened: by forces or persons unknown the door was closed, clunk. The first is no problem: was closed = war geschlossen; if you can see that the other is different, then all you have to do is to remember to use different verb werden to express that.
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