was + past particple

was + past particple

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“The church was built in 1663.” is an example of A2 passive grammar.

Point 1 in the category of PASSIVE is past simple affirmative after a singular subject.

A search for was _vvn on iWeb corpus:

1 WAS BORN 459313
2 WAS MADE 320241
3 WAS FOUND 227491
4 WAS USED 220146
5 WAS TAKEN 201657
6 WAS GIVEN 201398
7 WAS TOLD 190761
8 WAS CREATED 188155
9 WAS NAMED 179527


10 WAS BUILT 178929

  The Tablet
Hidden church museum in Amsterdam is saved
The church was built in 1663 on the top three floors of a merchant’s canal house in the city centre because the Calvinist municipal council at …

further A2 collocates in the top 10 most frequent  include:

bridge
building
castle
century
church
hall


11 WAS RELEASED 164739
12 WAS DESIGNED 157432
13 WAS FOUNDED 136508
14 WAS CALLED 119610
15 WAS ARRESTED 115568
16 WAS ESTABLISHED 115512
17 WAS WRITTEN 111338
18 WAS HELD 108972
19 WAS SET 103593
20 WAS SENT 100448
21 WAS KILLED 97076
22 WAS INTRODUCED 96467
23 WAS PUBLISHED 94491
24 WAS DEVELOPED 93073
25 WAS ASKED 92052
26 WAS LEFT 85308
27 WAS AWARDED 85289
28 WAS SHOT 83961
29 WAS PUT 79262
30 WAS KNOWN 78211
31 WAS FORCED 77875
32 WAS APPOINTED 75379
33 WAS BASED 73816
34 WAS BROUGHT 73063
35 WAS ANNOUNCED 68435
36 WAS DIAGNOSED 68427
37 WAS SEEN 66930
38 WAS COMPLETED 64647
39 WAS DISCOVERED 63447
40 WAS CONSIDERED 63398
41 WAS ADDED 63058
42 WAS REPORTED 60316
43 WAS ELECTED 59983
44 WAS SELECTED 59634
45 WAS SAID 59633
46 WAS LAUNCHED 59383
47 WAS CHARGED 58989
48 WAS FORMED 58650
49 WAS RAISED 56817
50 WAS PLACED 56553
51 WAS INSPIRED 55144
52 WAS SOLD 52207
53 WAS GONE 50105
54 WAS REMOVED 47940
55 WAS CONDUCTED 47480
56 WAS PRESENTED 46834
57 WAS CHOSEN 46197
58 WAS DETERMINED 45145
59 WAS SENTENCED 43571
60 WAS MEANT 43179
61 WAS FOLLOWED 42411
62 WAS INTENDED 41067
63 WAS ISSUED 40993
64 WAS EXPECTED 40616
65 WAS POSTED 40525
66 WAS REPLACED 40230
67 WAS NEEDED 40137
68 WAS LOST 39530
69 WAS REQUIRED 39370
70 WAS SHOWN 38969
71 WAS RECORDED 38181
72 WAS OFFERED 37260
73 WAS CONVICTED 37184
74 WAS HIT 36608
75 WAS CHANGED 36381
76 WAS CARRIED 36235
77 WAS CAUGHT 36167
78 WAS PASSED 36122
79 WAS PRODUCED 35901
80 WAS CLOSED 35522
81 WAS PROVIDED 35504
82 WAS STARTED 35502
83 WAS LOCATED 35214
84 WAS SIGNED 35206
85 WAS REVEALED 34986
86 WAS CUT 34671
87 WAS GRANTED 34359
88 WAS ALLOWED 34223
89 WAS OPENED 33113
90 WAS APPROVED 33029
91 WAS STRUCK 32874
92 WAS IMPRESSED 32801
93 WAS FILLED 32411
94 WAS PURCHASED 31826
95 WAS PERFORMED 31666
96 WAS DELIVERED 31623
97 WAS INSTALLED 31221
98 WAS INVITED 31045
99 WAS HIRED 30929
100 WAS BROKEN 30769

The A2 vocabulary that would be good to collocate with A2 Passive grammar is tagged below:

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