Simple Past Passive

Form

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

active voice passive voice
simple past Jack built a house. A house was built (by Jack).
Jack sold houses. Houses were sold (by Jack).
list irregular verbs

Exercises

Making passive sentences in the simple past (A house was built)

  • exercise 1: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 2: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 3: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 4: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 5: write passive sentences in the simple past and simple present
  • exercise 6: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 7: write passive sentences in the simple past
  • exercise 8: write passive sentences in the simple past

Making active sentences passive in the simple past (He built a house ⇒ A house was built)

  • exercise 1: rewrite active simple past sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 2: rewrite active simple past sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 3: two exercises practising making active sentences passive (simple present and simple past)
  • exercise 4: rewrite active simple past sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 5: rewrite active simple past sentences in passive voice
  • exercise 6: rewrite active simple past sentences in passive voice

You may find the following pages useful:

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