The PASSIVE VOICE is used when focusing on the person or thing affected by an action.
It is often used in business and in other areas where the object of the action is more important than those who perform the action.
- We have produced over 20 different models in the past two years. Changes to: Over 20 different models have been produced in the past two years.
- Tim Wilson wrote "The Flight to Brunnswick" in 1987. Changes to:"The Flight to Brunnswick" was written in 1987 by Tim Wilson.
|They make Fords in Cologne.||Fords are made in Cologne.||Present Simple|
|Susan is cooking dinner.||Dinner is being cooked by Susan||Present Continuous|
|James Joyce wrote "Dubliners".||"Dubliners" was written by James Joyce.||Past Simple|
|They were painting the house when I arrived.||The house was being painted when I arrived.||Past Continuous|
|They have produced over 20 models in the past two years.||Over 20 models have been produced in the past two years.||Present Perfect|
|They are going to build a new factory in Portland.||A new factory is going to be built in Portland.||Future Intention with Going to|
|I will finish it tomorrow.||It will be finished tomorrow.||Future Simple|
If you want more explanations about the passive voice you can go to Grammar Explanations - Passive Voice. Now we are going to do some exercises to practise with the passive voice. Do as much of them as you can! And If you finish and want to do some more you can go to agendaweb - passive.
- Passive sentences
- Passive - statements - Simple Past
- Passive - statements - Simple Present
- Passive - statements (more objects)
- Passive - statements (various tenses)
- Active or passive - Exercise 1
- Active or passive - Exercise 2
- Passive Voice Tenses (Mobile Phones)
- Change into Passive (dog translators)
- St. Valentine's Day Cloze Quiz (passive voice) Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, etc