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PASSIVE VOICE EXERCISES

Fill in the blanks to change each active voice sentence into a passive
voice sentence:
EX: Henry Miller wrote that book. --> That book was written by
Henry Miller.
The president gave John an award. --> John _______ an award
by the president.
Everyone saw them. --> They ____ by everyone.
The police brought him here. --> He ______here by the police.
The firefighters saved the women. --> The women _____ by
the firefighters.
That man stole my wallet. --> My wallet _____ by that man.
My uncle drives us to school. --> We ______ to school by my
uncle.

Complete with the PRESENT SIMPLE PASSIVE:


a) Those books

(use) by our intermediate students.

b) The exams
c) That car

(correct) in the teacher's room.


(drive) by a professional driver.

2. Complete with the PAST SIMPLE PASSIVE:


a) We
b) Alice

(send) a strange email yesterday.


(give) a scholarship last year.

c) Those delicious chocolate muffins


grandmother.

(cook) by my

3. Complete with the FUTURE SIMPLE PASSIVE:


a) The exam

(retake) next Monday.

b) I think the party


c) We think the football match
team.

(consider) a great success.


(win) by the German

4. Complete with the PRESENT PERFECT PASSIVE:


a) The children
b) The vegetables
c) All the books in that list

(tell) to stay inside the house all morning.


(wash) before eating.
(read) by our students.

Put these sentences into the passive (present or past)


Farmers grow soy in Argentina._________________________________________
You dont find penguins at the North Pole.______________________________
They draw some paintings._____________________________________________
My uncle sold the bicycle______________________________________________
The child broke all the plates in the cupboard.__________________________
Put these questions into the passive.
When did Pasteur discover Penicillin?________________________________________
How do people make sushi?________________________________________________
Do people speak English in Hawaii?_________________________________________
Write questions for these answers in the passive form.

a) Yes, rice is grown in Spain. _____________________________________


b) Yes, the song was sung by them. ________________________________
c) No, the story isnt known. ___________________________________________
d) No, they dont speak Chinese in Japan. ________________________________
Turn the following active constructions into passive:
1. They are building a new town hall in our town.
_____________________________________
2. They are repairing this car.
____________________________________
3. The robot is washing the clothes.
____________________________________
4. The doctor is prescribing me some medicine.
______________________________________

Tense changes
ACTIVE
PRESENT SIMPLE

PASSIVE
(AM / IS / ARE) + PARTICIPLE

I cook food in the kitchen.

Food is cooked in the kitchen.

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

(AM / IS / ARE) + BEING + PARTICIPLE

June is helping Su and Ling.


PAST SIMPLE

The squirrel ate the nut.


PAST CONTINUOUS

Su and Ling are being helped by June.


(WAS / WERE) + PARTICIPLE

The nut was eaten by the squirrel.


(WAS / WERE) + BEING +PARTICIPLE

The boys were mowing the lawn.

The lawn was being mowed by the boys.

PRESENT PERFECT

(HAVE / HAVE) + BEEN + PARTICIPLE

Somebody has made a cake.


PAST PERFECT

Rita had written that letter for too long.


FUTURE BE GOING TO

A cake has been baked.

HAD + BEEN + PARTICIPLE

That letter had been wtitten by Rita for too long


(AM / IS / ARE) + GOING TO BE + PARTICIPLE

Robert is going to bring the drinks.

The drinks are going to be brought by Robert.

FUTURE WILL

WILL BE + PARTICIPLE

The child will open the parcel.


MODAL VERBS

We must wash the dishes before we go.

The parcel will be opened by the child.


(MODAL VERB) + BE + PARTICIPLE

The dishes must be washed before we go.