Exercise 1

Choose the correct passive voice forms for each gap below.

1The new chemical when it exploded.

2How could you insult the manager? You fired.

3She of everything.

4When I opened the cupboard, I saw that all the cookies

5You to be so late if you worked for me.

6After he insulted the referee.

7A new restaurant in our street next week.

8The question at the meeting.

9The car isn't  there anymore. It stolen.

10He about the decision and got angry.


 

 

When we use the passive voice

 
In English, we us the passive voice when we don’t know, or we don’t want to talk about who or what does the action in a sentence. Check the following examples.

  • A bank was robbed yesterday. (=We don’t know who robbed the bank.)
  • He was arrested last night. (=It’s obvious that the police arrested him.)
  • I have been told that you insulted my brother. (=I don’t want to say who told me.)
  • Jurassic Park was filmed by Spielberg in 1993. (=I’m talking about Jurassic Park and not about Spielberg.)

 

The passive voice with the different tenses

 
In a passive sentence, the object of an active sentence becomes the subject. Then we have to use the verb be in the tense we need and add the past participle of the main verb after it. In a passive voice sentence, the subject is the receiver of the action, not the doer of the action.

  • They take the photos in Africa. (active)
  • The photos are taken in Africa. (passive)

You can see how to use the passive voice with different tenses below.
 
Passive voice – All tenses
 

Infinitives and gerunds

 
We can also use the passive voice with infinitives or gerunds. Check the table below.
 
Passive gerunds and infinitives
 


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