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Optional Grammar Pages: Impersonal Passive

1. Read the examples. Then complete the rule. 3. Complete the sentences with the verbs in
brackets. Use the Impersonal Passive.
Impersonal Passive 1. He spent most of his life in London, although he
Active: They say he owns a lot of modern art. is known (live) in Paris
Impersonal Passive: He is said to own a lot of modern for a short time in the 1890s.
art.
2. She is reported (do)
Simple Infinitive some interesting work lately.
Active: They think he is a great artist. 3. This drawing paper is considered
Impersonal Passive: He is thought to be a great artist.
(be) the best.
Continuous Infinitive 4. He is believed (design)
Active: They believe she is lying. a shopping centre and an airport right now.
Impersonal Passive: She is believed to be lying.
5. He is known (own) four
Perfect Infinitive homes. One is in New York, and the others are
Active: They think Leonardo drew these sketches. in England.
Impersonal Passive: Leonardo is thought to have 6. She is presumed (plan)
drawn these sketches.
a new exhibition at the moment.
Perfect Continuous Infinitive
Active: They know he has been working on a portrait.
4. Complete the sentences below with the verbs
Impersonal Passive: He is known to have been in brackets. Use the Impersonal Passive. Then
working on a portrait. test your knowledge of art by matching the
sentences to the correct artist. Check your
Choose the correct answer. answers at the bottom of the page.
Verbs of saying or thinking such as think, believe, know, 1. One of this artist’s paintings, Guernica, is
consider, presume, say and report are sometimes used in
considered (be) a
the passive followed by the base / infinitive form of the
verb. masterpiece and a statement against war.
2. This famous Dutch artist is known
(sell) only one painting
2. Complete the sentences. Use the correct form during his lifetime.
of the Impersonal Passive. 3. This artist, the richest living British artist, is
1. They say the exhibition is excellent. reported (cause)
The exhibition is said controversy for the past 15 years.
excellent. 4. This artist, most famous for paintings of soup
2. They report she is recording her new songs. cans, is said (get) the
She is reported her new idea for the paintings from a friend.
songs. 5. The woman in this artist’s most famous painting
3. They think he has been writing a novel. is known (have) a
He is thought a novel. mysterious expression.
4. Experts believe a Dutch artist painted this in the 6. Some work by this well-known American
1600s. photographer is reported
A Dutch artist is believed (sell) these days for as
this in the 1600s. much as one million dollars.
5. Art historians consider this Picasso’s most a. Vincent van Gogh
important painting.
b. Andy Warhol
This is considered
c. Cindy Sherman
Picasso’s most important painting.
d. Pablo Picasso
6. Everyone presumes he is remaining as the
e. Damien Hirst
museum director.
f. Leonardo da Vinci
He is presumed as the
museum director. 1. d, 2. a, 3. e, 4. b, 5. f, 6. c
Answers

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Optional Grammar Pages: Impersonal Passive

5. Complete the text with the verbs in brackets. 7. Complete the text with the verbs in brackets.
Use the Impersonal Passive. Use the correct passive or active form.
A Young Artist The Watts Towers
Arushi Bhatnagar, who was born in India in 2001, The Watts Towers in Los Angeles, California, is
is believed 1. (be) the a group of 17 tall sculptures standing as high as
youngest professional artist in the world today. 30.3 metres. They 1.
She is known 2. (begin) (complete) in 1955. They 2.
painting when she was only a few months old. (make) of metal that is decorated with thousands
She couldn’t hold a paintbrush at that age, so she of pieces of colourful glass, shells, metal bottle
is said 3. (use) her hands caps and pottery. They are considered
and feet to paint. Arushi has had many exhibitions, 3.
(be) one of the finest
won several art prizes, and sold some of her work. works of art ever made by someone with no
Arushi is considered 4. training in art. The Towers 4.
(have) a great deal of talent, and she is reported (build) by one man – Simon Rodia. Born in Italy in
5.
(continue) to paint while 1879, Rodia is believed 5.
attending school and enjoying hobbies such as (move) to the US around 1900, a few years after his
dancing and sport. Arushi is also said older brother 6. (go) there.
6.
(inspire) other children to After a few years on the east coast, he moved to
find something they like to do and are good at. Los Angeles. In 1921, he 7.
(buy) some property there and began work on the
6. Rewrite the sentences. Use the correct form of Towers. The project took him 34 years to finish.
the Impersonal Passive.
Rodia left Los Angeles shortly after he
1. They believe she works hard. 8.
(complete) the Towers.
He rarely spoke publicly about why he
9.
(create) them, but did
2. They think she has been researching ancient once say, “I had in mind to do something big, and
paintings. I did it.” Simon Rodia died in 1965. In the 1970s,
his sculptures 10. (give) the
status of a historic landmark with the official name
3. People consider her too young to head an The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia.
important museum.
8. Write questions to ask a partner about the
topics below. Use the Passive.

Arushi Bhatnagar • Simon Rodia
4. They presume Picasso made these sketches in The Watts Towers • Guernica
the 1920s. Cindy Sherman • Vincent van Gogh


What is believed about Arushi Bhatnagar?

5. They report that the arts festival has been
attracting thousands of visitors each day.


6. They believe he took these photos secretly.
9. With a partner, ask and answer your questions
from Exercise 8.

7. They say J.K. Rowling is writing a book for
adults. What is believed about Arushi Bhatnagar?

She is believed to be the youngest
8. Everyone knows he behaves rudely at times. professional artist in the world today.

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