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Passive voice - general
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The passive voice is made with the auxiliary verb to be and the past participle. The auxiliary shows the tense. The rubbish is collected every day. (present simple) My suit is being cleaned. (present continuous) He Read more

 

The following ESL resources are available for Passive voice:

worksheets (13)
book references (17)
quiz (6)
 
 
 
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Passive snakes and ladders
30 cards - multiple-choice and error correction. Focuses on errors related to intransitive verbs (happen, arrive etc.) and verbs that are often used intransitively (start, open etc.) Updated 2016
 
 

 

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New passive mini-scrabble
105-card mini scrabble
 
 

 

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News stories
Six short news stories (Hong Kong related). Students identify passive voice examples and say why they are used (first three examples); Gap fill from verb prompts (second three). This is quite challenging and includes examples of reduced relative clauses using passive and active participles.
 
 

 

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Passives quiz-making
Students in two teams are given seven skeleton sentences containing general knowledge facts (2 Hong Kong-related). (1) They expand the skeleton sentence to form statements. (2) They produce questions from question word prompts. (3) Ask the other team their quiz questions. Includes present continuous, future, passive report structures and passives with modals.
 
 

 

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Bank robbery story - passive voice
News story cut-up with comprehension tasks and gap-fill.
 
 

 

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The president has been shot
News story gap fill to practice the written forms of different tenses in the passive voice. Step-by-step instructions included.
 
 

 

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Passives worksheet
Ss fill in all different forms of passive, then analyze small groups of sentences to consolidate their understanding of rules on when to use the passive + common errors - trying to use intransitive verbs to form the passive. (Updated with answers 23-04-15)
 
 

 

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Passive dominoes
Dominoes game for past / present / present perfect tenses - bank robbery theme
 
 

 

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Passive mini-scrabble
Sentence re-assembly. 49 cards.
 
 

 

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Find someone who - passives
Find someone who - practices present simple, present continuous, past simple presesent perfect, going to and modal passives
 
 

 

 
 
 
Multiple choice (analysis) quiz (15)
Fourteen 2-choice questions in which users have to choose the correct explanation of what the sentences mean
 
 

 

Passives - multiple choice quiz (advanced) (17)
Fifteen-question, 2-option quiz including present perfect, modal auxiliaries etc.
 
 

 

Passives multiple choice quiz 1 (219)
Mulitple-choice quiz illustrating the difference between passive and active forms.
 
 

 

Passive or active? (894)
Twelve-question multiple-choice quiz.
 
 

 

Passive or active? Wine making (900)
Fifteen sentences describing the process of wine making. The user must choose either an active or passive form.
 
 

 

Use and forms of the passive voice (1245)
Ten-question multiple-choice quiz with feedback
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 6 News  Pages 50 - 55
(1) Ss read article Paparazzi and analyze sentences from the text to find the 3 main reasons for using the passive: agent unknown / agent obvious / focus attention. (2) Gapped news stories for practice. (3) Find someone who speaking practice.
 
Unit 8 Review 1  Page 70 
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 13 Home  Page 128 
 
Unit 14 Review 2  Page 134 
 
 
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
 
Module 12 Got to have it  Pages 108 - 109
Grammar: present simple passive and past simple passive.
 
Consolidation modules 11 - 15  Page 139 
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 4 The mind  Pages 44 - 45  Language Focus - the passive
Reading: extract from IQ test and short passage about MENSA. Analysis of sentences. Text with multiple-choice for practice
 
Consolidation module 1 - 4  Pages 50 - 50  Active and passive verb forms
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 6 Eat  Page 63   Passives review
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
 
43 - 46 Passives - mixed tenses  Pages 43 - 46
(43) Gapped sentences with pictures. Mixed tenses. (44) Match sentences and pictures (45) Active or passive? (46) Active or passive?
 
 
Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) 

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
 
By whom? page 10  Page 10 
Past simple passives. Seven Pics (buildings, books etc) to be matched with a verb and their authors / builders etc. (Hemingway, Sir Christopher Wren etc. Names may not be familiar outside Europe)
 
Spot the difference 5 page 48  Page 48 
Present perfect passive. Two pictures of a house. Before and after renovation. Ss make sentences using present perfect passive, 'The front door has been mended'.
 
 

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
 
26 The passive  Pages 151 - 156
 
27 Verbs confused with the passive  Pages 157 - 162
Verbs confused with passive
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
28a and 28b amazing facts  Page 28 
Noughts and crosses with general knowledge questions using passive voice (present and past)
 
 
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
 
34 What do you know about the world?  Page 34 
Tewenty-question multiple-choice quiz on world general knowledge.
 
 
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
13a & b What is it?  Page 13 
Ss in teams have to guess inventions from descriptions of them that use the passive voice.
 
 

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)
 

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
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