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Passive Voice

-exercises1.

Rewrite each sentence so that it does not contain the words underlined and so that it contains a passive form.
a) Someone left the phone off the hook all night.  The phone was left off the hook all night.
b) The government has announced that petrol prices will rise tomorrow.
c) A burglar broke into our house last week.
d) People asked me the way three times.
e) The fruit-pickers pick apples early in the morning.
f) It’s time the authorities did something about this problem.
g) Lots of people had parked their cars on the pavement.
h) The government agreed with the report and so they changed the law.
i) You have to fill in an application form.
j) They don’t know what happened to the ship.
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Put each verb in brackets into the passive in an appropriate tense.
The boxes have not been packed (not pack) yet.
Your food …………………………..………………………….. (still prepare).
The new ship ……………………….………………………….. (launch) next week.
Luckily by the time we got there the painting …………..………………………….. (not sell).
We had to go on holiday because our house …………..………………………….. (decorate).
I’m afraid that next week’s meeting …………………………………………….. (cancel).
If we don’t hurry, all the tickets …………………………………….. (sell) by the time we get there.
All main courses ………………………………………….. (serve) with vegetables or salad.
The second goal ………………………………………….. (score) by Hughes in the 41st minute.
The cathedral ………………….………………………….. (build) in the fourteenth century.

3. Rewrite each sentence beginning and ending as shown. Do not change the meaning.
a) Someone stole Bob’s bike.  Bob had his bike stolen.
b) John lent me this book.
This book ………………………………………..………….John.
c) The dentist took out one of my teeth yesterday.
Yesterday I ……………………………………..……………… out.
d) Cairo is my place of birth.
I ……………………………………………..…………… in Cairo.
e) A rock concert ticket was sold to me by a friend.
I was ……………………………………..…………………… by a friend.
f) Someone broke into Tom’s house last week.
Tom had ………………………………..………………………last week.
g) When is your date of birth?
When exactly …………………………………..…………….. born?
h) My parents gave me this ring.
I ………………………………………..………………. parents.
i) I’m keeping this bottle of wine for a special occasion.
This bottle of wine ………………………………..…………………… for a special occasion.
j) We will send you a letter with your exam results.
A letter …………………………………………..….. to you with your exam results.
4. Rewrite each sentence so that it ends with the word underlined.
a) Another company had taken over our company.  Our company has been taken over.
b) We are dealing with your complaint.

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