active or passive voice

Form

passive voice: a form of the verb to be + past participle

active voice passive voice
simple present Jack builds a house. A house is built (by Jack).
simple past Jack built a house. A house was built.
present perfect Jack has built a house. A house has been built.
past perfect Jack had built a house. A house had been built.
present continuous Jack is building a house. A house is being built.
past continuous Jack was building a house. A house was being built.
future simple Jack will build a house. A house will be built.
list irregular verbs

 

Exercises

Recognizing the active voice (He builds a house) and the passive voice (A house is built (by him))

  • exercise 1: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 2: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 3: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 4: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 5: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 6: choose whether the sentence is active or passive
  • exercise 7: choose whether the sentence is active/passive

Deciding whether to use passive or active voice

  • exercise 1: fill in the active or the passive form of the verb in the simple present
  • exercise 2: fill in the active or the passive form of the verb in the simple past
  • exercise 3: two exercises in which you have to choose using the active or passive voice in the simple past
  • exercise 4: fill in the active or the passive form of the verb in the present perfect
  • exercise 5: fill in the active or the passive form of the verb in the simple future tense
  • exercise 6: choose the active or the passive form of the verb and the correct tense
  • exercise 7: choose the active or the passive form of the verb and the correct tense

Useful pages

  • list of irregular verbs
  • exercises for practising the Simple Present Passive (The house is built.)
  • exercises for practising the Simple Past Passive (The house was built.)
  • exercises for practising the Continuous Passive (The house is/was being built.)
  • exercises for practising the Perfect Passive (The house has/had been built.)
  • exercises for practising the Future and Modal Passive (The house will be built. / The house may have been built.)
  • exercises for practising the passive in various tenses
  • exercises for practising the Personal Passive (She is known to have built a house.)
  • exercises for practising the Double Object Passive (She was given a house / A house was given)