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.

Exercises

Making passive sentences (mix of tenses)

  • exercise 1: fill in the correct passive verb forms (tenses are indicated)
  • exercise 2: fill in the correct passive verb forms (tenses are indicated)

Making active sentences passive (mix of tenses)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 3: rewrite the active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 4: rewrite the active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 5: rewrite the active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 6: rewrite the active sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 7: choose the correct passive sentence
  • exercise 8: choose the correct passive sentence
  • exercise 9: rewrite active verb forms in passive voice
  • exercise 10: rewrite active verb forms in passive voice (plus modal verbs)

Making  passive sentences active (mix of tenses)

  • exercise 1: rewrite the passive sentences in active voice (advanced)

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 Future and Modal Passive (The house will be built. / The house may have been built.)
    • 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)