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To indicate that something (often negative) was done by someone, we use 被 /bèi/.

We don’t have to say by whom it was done – when we don’t say it, it is understood that it was done by someone

Mankind has been deceived.
人类 被 骗 了。
Rénlèi bèi piàn le.


He was deceived.
他 被 骗 了。
Tā bèi piànle.
Mankind has been deceived.
人类 被 骗 了。
Rénlèi bèi piàn le.
My stuff was stolen, including my wallet.
我 的 东西 被 偷 了,包括 我 的 钱包。
Wǒ de dōngxi bèi tōu le, bāokuò wǒ de qiánbāo.
The thief was caught.
小偷 被 抓住 了。
Xiǎotōu bèi zhuāzhù le.
The thief was caught by a police.
小偷 被 警察 抓住 了。
Xiǎotōu bèi jǐngchá zhuāzhù le.
My wallet got stolen.
我的 钱包 被 偷 了。
Wǒ de qiánbāo bèi tōu le.
His wife gets murdered.
他的 老婆 被 杀死。
Tāde lǎopó bèi shāsǐ.


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