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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


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