What is a passive verb? What are some examples?
A passive noun is one where the entity performing the action is either not specified or appears in a subordinate clause.
For example, 'the ball was thrown' does not specify who did the throwing. 'The ball was thrown by Jim' and 'The ball was thrown, possibly by Jane' are both passive verb forms.
In business jargon (and sometimes in politics!) passive verbs are often used to avoid having to put responsibility on specific people. For example "the problems in the department must be fixed."