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passive voice - general

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Worksheets for passive voice - general
 
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Passive snakes and ladders (839)
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 (836)
105-card mini scrabble
 
 

 

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News stories (714)
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 (715)
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 (158)
News story cut-up with comprehension tasks and gap-fill.
 
 

 

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The president has been shot (160)
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 (161)
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 (239)
Dominoes game for past / present / present perfect tenses - bank robbery theme
 
 

 

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Present passive- wine making (sm) (438)
 
 

 

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Passive mini-scrabble (442)
Sentence re-assembly. 49 cards.
 
 

 

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Passives - transformation exercises; analysis rtf version (443)
 
 

 

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Passive scrabble 2 (532)
 
 

 

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Find someone who - passives (594)
Find someone who - practices present simple, present continuous, past simple presesent perfect, going to and modal passives
 
 

 

 

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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
 
 

 



Book references for passive voice - generalPage top ↑
 

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.
 


 

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Worksheets for passive - report structures
 
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Passive report structures / popular myths (566)
Match segments to make six sentences expressing popular myths
 
 

 

 

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General English course books (adults)


Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 
Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
Unit 9 Attraction  Page 80 
It is thought / considered / reckoned etc. (1) Word ordering exercise (2) Matching + discuss statements with partner.
 

General English adult course resource packs


Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 
Susan Kay   
19a Facts and myths  Page 19 
Students exchange information about common myths. (drinking sea water will drive you insane etc.) 'It is believed that...', 'It is said that...' etc.
 




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