Form

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

active voice passive voice
future simple Jack will build a house. A house will be built.
can/could Jack can / could build a house. A house can / could be built.
may/might Jack may / might build a house. A house may / might be built.
would/should Jack would / should build a house. A house would / should be built.
must Jack must build a house. A house must be built.
future perfect Jack will have built a house. A house will have been built.
can have / could have Jack can have / could have built a house. A house can have / could have been built.
may have / might have Jack may have / might have built a house. A house may have / might have been built.
would have / should have Jack would have / should have built a house. A house would have / should have been built.
must have Jack must have built a house. A house must have been built.
list irregular verbs

Exercises

Making passive sentences in the simple future tense (A house will be built)

  • exercise 1: write passive sentences in the future tense (will + infinitive)
  • exercise 2: use the future tense for the passive sentences (will + infinitive)

Making  active sentences passive in the simple future tense (He will build a house ⇒ A house will be built)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active sentences in the simple future tense in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active sentences in the simple future tense in passive voice
  • exercise 3: rewrite active sentences in the simple future tense in passive voice

Making  active sentences with modal verbs passive (He may build a house ⇒ A house may be built)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active sentences with modal verbs in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active sentences with modal verbs in passive voice
  • exercise 3: rewrite active sentences with modal verbs in passive voice
  • exercise 4: rewrite active sentences with modal verbs in passive voice

Useful pages

  • exercises for practising recognizing active and passive voice
  • 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 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)