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ACTIVE TO PASSIVE: SPECIAL FORMS
1. Rewrite these sentences into a different passive voice: 1. People believe that the new government will do their best to tackle the crisis. It ……………………………………………………… 2. Economists predict an increase in unemployment. Unemployment …………………………………… 3. Scientists expected that more money was spent on research in stem cells. It ………………………………………………………… 4. Some TV viewers think that gossip programmes are rubbish. It ………………………………………………………… 5. The critics believed that Brad Pit’s film was a failure. Brad Pit’s film ……………………………………… 6. People say that life is hard for today’s teens. Life ……………………………………………………… 7. The public think Woody Allen’s films are great. It …………………………………………………………… 8. The review thought Dean’s books were boring and uninteresting. Dean’s books ………………………………………… 9. The reporter said the earthquake had caused lots of casualties. It ………………………………………………………… 10. Everybody believed that Picasso’s exhibition had been a success. Picasso’s exhibition ………………………………… 11. Some neighbours said the porter didn’t work well. It ………………………………………………………… 12. Nobody expected that the meeting ended in such a mess. The meeting …………………………………………… 13. The surveys predict that the liberal party will be the elections. The liberal party …………………………………… 14. Doctors don’t think the new antismoking law will benefit people’s health. The new anti-smoking law……………………… ………………………………………………………………. 15. People say that the company is going to make lots of workers redundant. Lots of people ………………………………………… 16. Researchers expect that the new drug will improve the patients’ life. It ………………………………………………………… 17. People believe that 2012 will be better. 2012 ……………………………………………………. 2. Rewrite these sentences using have/get something done: 1. The technician has just fixed the TV aerial. We …………………………………………………………… 2. Dr Brown is testing Peter’s eyes next week. Peter ……………………………………………………… 3. The gardener will replant our garden next Friday. We ………………………………………………………… 4. Tom’s mother washed his jeans yesterday. Tom ………………………………………………………… 5. I’m going to the go the hairdresser’s on Monday. I need a haircut. I …………………………………………………………… 6. The painters have already redecorated the classrooms. The classrooms ………………………………………… 7. Mary’s husband is making coffee for her. Mary ……………………………………………………… 8. The vet will vaccinate her dog on Monday. She ………………………………………………………… 9. The cobbler has mended the children’s shoes. The children ……………………………………………… 10. Someone stole my mum’s purse last week. My mum ………………………………………………… 11. The dressmaker hasn’t made Sue’s wedding dress yet. Sue …………………………………………………………… 12. A famous architect designed London’s new art gallery in 2010. London …………………………………………………… 13. The windows look brilliant! Who has cleaned them? I ……………………………………………………………… 14. Mum had ironed the clothes for the party. We ………………………………………………………… 15. The workmen are repairing The Smiths’ roof. The Smiths ………………………………………………… 16. Sarah needs a filling. She is going to visit the dentist as soon as possible. Sarah ……………………………………………………… 17. The bricklayer is building our new country cottage. We ………………………………………………………… 18. An international cook will prepare the Blacks’ reception. The Blacks ………………………………………………… 19. The photographer developed Meg’s summer photos. Meg ………………………………………………………… 20. My nails look terrible. I need a manicure. ………………………………………………………………

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