Verbs without a passive voice



Not all verbs can form the passive voice. The most important verb categories that have no passive types are displayed below.


verb categories Examples
modal verbs müssen, können
reflexive verbs sich irren, sich interessieren
transitive verbs
the accusative object indicates size, quantity, etc. kosten, enthalten o.ä.
the impersonal "es gibt" es gibt
verbs kennen, wissen kennen, wissen
intransitive verbs
verbs whose subject is not a person Ihre Art gefällt uns.
verbs with a subject that does not really denote action Die Kinder schlafen.
verbs that form the present perfect with sein Sie kommen spät zurück.