Form

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

active voice passive voice
present perfect Jack has built a house. A house has been built (by Jack).
Jack has sold houses. Houses have been sold (by Jack).
past perfect Jack had built a house. A house had been built (by Jack).
Jack had sold houses. Houses had been sold (by Jack).
list of irregular verbs

 

Exercises

Making passive sentences in the present perfect (A house has been built)

  • exercise 1: write passive sentences in the present perfect
  • exercise 2: write passive sentences in the present perfect

Making active sentences passive in the present perfect (He has built a house ⇒ A house has been built)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 3: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 4: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 5: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 6: rewrite active present perfect sentences in passive voice

Making active sentences passive in the past perfect (He had built a house ⇒ A house had been built)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active past perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active past perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 3: rewrite active past perfect sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 4: rewrite active past perfect sentences 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 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)