english worksheet School Year 2010-2011
Use and Form – Basic Rules
Remember: We use the Passive voice when what happens is
more important than who does it.
The object of the active sentence becomes the
subject of the passive voice.
We form the Passive voice with the auxiliary verb
Be (always in the same tense as the verb in the
active voice) and the Past Participle of the main
verb, followed by a by-phrase, the agent, when
we know who or what performed the action.
on June 1st. Yeah…Lots
of trees were
yesterday. Street traders sell black-market products.
Black-market products are sold by street traders.
Match the forms of the Active verbs with Rewrite each sentence in the Passive:
their corresponding Passive forms.
I forget (singular, S. Past) They built 3 new schools last year.
discover (Plural, S. Past) ________________________________
make (singular, S. Present) Thousands of people visit the Azores.
build (Plural, S. Present) ________________________________
forget (Plural, S. Past) Someone stole my purse from my locker.
leave (Plural, S. Past) ________________________________
produce (Plural, S.Present) The monkey painted that picture.
leave (singular, S. Past) ________________________________
build (singular, S. S. Past) Millions of teenagers enjoy her books.
send (singular, S. Present) are produced
Read the following piece of news. Write an active sentence and a passive
Cross out the wrong verb forms. sentence from these prompts.
Doctor George Tiller, 67, was at the morning 1. The little boy / the wallet/ yesterday/ find.
services this Sunday when he was shot/ shot,
police said. The gunman was fired/fired one shot
at Tiller and was threatened/ threatened two
other people who tried to stop him. The suspect
was taken/ took into custody in a Kansas City _
suburb 3 hours after the shooting. Outside Tiller’s 2. Teachers/ students/ good manners/
clinic, flowers were placed/ placed along a fence, teach.
and Kansas Coalition for Life was left/ left a sign a)
saying members were prayed/ prayed for his _________________________________
change of heart "not his murder. A man yelled
that Tiller’s hands were covered/covered with