Why is ''They are paid on Fridays.'' passive voice?

The SVO is normal.  They pay Fridays.

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  • Rick
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    To tell you payday is on frieday

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, "They are paid on Fridays" is Passive Voice.

    The Active Voice equivalent is "[The company] pays them on Fridays".

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    "they" who are paid and "they" who do the paying are different "theys"

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    "They pay Fridays" is horrible, and is not correct (might I think it is a form used in the USA?).  

    Actually "They are paid Fridays" means that they are paid in money called 'Fridays', which makes no sensed at all.

    You can say either: "The boss pays them on Fridays", or you can say: "They are paid on Fridays". The second form is generally better, since the money may go straight into their bank accounts.

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  • 2 months ago

    First of all, when " are " becomes an auxiliary verb, the principal/main verb can never be in past participle in active voice.This sentence is a passive one where the " by agent " remains omitted .When there's no " by agent " ( ex. by him/ them/ the company etc. ), then the problem arises .In such situations, to find out the " by  agent " , we have to ask " by whom".We can take the object out of our mind keeping coherence of the sentence.

    The active form is............   The owner of the firm pays them on Fridays.

    Likewise, another sentence.....We are asked to be there on Sundays.

                                    Active voice= They/The people/The committee-members ask us to be there on Sundays.

    Thanks,

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If it was active it would be something like "the company pays them on Fridays" 

    What you will notice is that the subject changes - the company is the subject.

    You can apply the 'by whom' test: They are paid on Friday (by the company) which is usually a good indicator of active or passive voice.

  • 2 months ago

    The company pays the employees on Fridays.  However, the employees are paid by the company on Friday.  "They" in "They get paid on Fridays" is talking about the employees rather than the company.  Thus, passive voice.  You can say "the company pays on Friday"  or "the job pays on Fridays".  You will get your pay on Friday though, whether or not you say it is "the company pays" or "we are paid".  The meaning is essentially the same.

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