An Explanatory Note – “to be named”

What were they named?

What were they called?(passive)

What did she call them? (active)

What did she name them? (active)

What were their names? (simple past tense – “be” verb only)

We don’t use the passive pattern “to be called” much. It is common in German which is closely related to English.


How are you called?
What’s your name?


Wie heisst du?
Wie heisen Sie?
(literally “How are you called?)

Passive Voice

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