Passive voice



Passive voice is used when the focus is on the action. It is not important or not known who or what is performing the action.


Look at the video and take notes.

Change the senteces below into the passive.

1) Mr Jones watches the film.
2) The people speak English.
3) He reads comics..
4) We play volleyball..
5) They sing the song..
6) I take photos..
7) She does the housework.
8) The policemen help the children.

1. She sang a song.
 2. Somebody hit me.
3. We stopped the bus.
4. A thief stole my car.
5. They didn't let him go.
6. She didn't win the prize.
7.  Did you tell them?
8.  Did he send the letter?

  1. Sheila is drinking a cup of tea. –
  2. My father is washing the car. –
  3. Farmer Joe is milking the cows. –
  4. She is taking a picture of him. –
  5. I am writing a poem.
  6. We are not playing football. –
  7. He is not wearing a tie. –
  8. Is she preparing the party?

  1. We were talking about Francis. –
  2. He was playing the guitar.
  3. She was watching a film.
  4. I was repairing their bikes.
  5. They were not eating dinner. –
  6. We were not painting the gate.
  7. You were not driving him home. –
  8. He was not feeding the dogs.

  1. Samuel has paid the bill. –
  2. I have eaten a hamburger.
  3. We have cycled five miles.
  4. I have opened the present.
  5. They have not read the book.
  6. You have not sent the parcel. –
  7. We have not agreed to this issue.
  8. They have not caught the thieves.

1.       I had worn blue shoes.
2.       Joe had cleaned the tables
3.       We had lost the key
4.       They had started a fight
5.       I had  read an article.
6.       I had not closed the window.
7.       They had not bought the paper
8.       She had not noticed me.
9.       Had she solved the problem?
10.    Had he recorded that song

1.       Jane will buy a new computer.
2.       Her boyfriend will install it. –
3.       Millions of people will visit the museum. -
4.       Our boss will sign the contract.
5.       You will not do it. –
6.       They will not show the new film.
7.       He won't see Sue.
8.       They will not ask him. –
9.       Will the company employ a new worker? -
10.    Will the plumber repair the shower?

FUTURE going to

1. Are they going to feed the cats?

2. Who is going to pay the bill?

3. The teacher is going to give me a second chance.

4. Disneyland is going to give us a big discount.
5. They are going to train me for the job.

You can take the book.
Everybody must obey the rules.
They might have studied their lessons.
He may not accept this plan.
We must know the fact They may construct some houses
We should buy the tickets
We can do nothing.

Passive (mixed tenses)
1) People speak Portuguese in Brazil  
2) The Government is planning a new road near my house
3) My grandfather built this house in 1943
4) Picasso was painting Guernica at that time
5) The cleaner has cleaned the
6) He had written three books before 1867
7) John will tell you later
9) Somebody should do the work
11) Everybody loves Mr Brown
12) They are building a new stadium near the station.
13) The wolf ate the princess
14) At six o’clock someone was telling a story
15) Somebody has drunk all the milk
16) I had cleaned all the windows before the storm
17) A workman will repair the computer tomorrow
19) James might cook dinner

  1. John collects money.
  2. Anna opened the window. –
  3. We have done our homework. –
  4. I will ask a question. –
  5. He can cut out the picture. –
  6. The sheep ate a lot. –
  7. We do not clean our rooms. –
  8. William will not repair the car.
  9. Did Sue draw this circle?
  10. Could you feed the dog? -