"Hier wird der Titel Deutscher Meister vergeben."
How can you distinguish the future tense from passive voice in such a sentence, in which (I believe) the infinitive and the past participle are identical?
In a passive sentence the object becomes the subject ("der Titel Deutscher Meister"). The participle does look the same as the infinitive here but in the active mood the verb needs a subject and an obejct. So this sentence cannot be in the active mood. By the way future passive would be "Hier wird der Titel Deutscher Meister vergeben werden."
I get it, I think. Are you saying that the nature of the particular verb is the key here--such that, if one were to read it as future tense, it would be "The Deutsche Meister title will award here," and that makes no sense without an object. (Actually, it might not even make sense with an object..)
Yes, I guess taht is what I am trying to say. Consider "I (subject) see him (object)." -> "He (subject) is seen (by me)."
Thank you. Would the same rule generally hold for all verbs beginning with "ver" or "zer"?