Passive voice exercise

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A sentence has been given in active / passive voice. Out of the four suggested alternatives, select the one which best expresses the same idea in passive / active voice.

Question 1

Our task had been completed before sunset.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Passive verb: had been completed; active verb: had completed

Question 2

The children laughed at the beggar.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Active verb: laughed at; Passive verb: was laughed at

Question 3

He asked me to send a stamped addressed envelope.

Options

Solution: Option (d)

I was asked to send a stamped addressed envelope.

Question 4

The court has given him permission to visit his son once a week.

Options

Solution: Option (c)

He has been given permission to visit his son once a week.

Notes

It is not always necessary to mention the agent - the person or thing that does the action - in passive voice.

Question 5

I have already given his number to the policeman.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Notes

When the verb has two objects, as in this sentence, two passive structures are possible.

The indirect object (usually a person) can become the subject of the passive verb.

The direct object (usually a thing) can become the subject of the passive verb.

Question 6

The government is launching a massive family welfare programme in many parts of the country.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Active verb: is launching; Passive verb: is being launched

Question 7

The children were flying kites.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Active verb: were flying; Passive verb: were being flown

Question 8

The teacher drew a circle on the board.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Active verb: drew (simple past); Passive verb: was drawn

Question 9

They will demolish the entire structure.

Options

Solution: Option (c)

Active verb: will demolish; Passive verb: will be demolished

Question 10

The burglar destroyed several items in the room. Even the carpet has been torn.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Active verb: destroyed; passive verb: were destroyed

Passive verb: has been torn; active verb: has torn

Question 11

We have told you.

Options

Solution: Option (a)

Question 12

Has anybody answered your question?

Options

Solution: Option (c)

Question 13

One must keep one's promises.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Question 14

The government has not approved the new drug for sale.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Question 15

He teaches us English.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Question 16

Prepare yourself for the worst.

Options

Solution: Option (a)

Question 17

Please shut the door and go to sleep.

Options

Solution: Option (a)

Question 18

It is impossible to do this.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

Question 19

We must take care of our children.

Options

Solution: Option (b)

See also

Active and passive voice
Choice of passive structures
Passive verb forms
Verbs not used in the passive
Passives: agents
Passives: verbs with two objects
Passives: sentences with infinitive and clause objects
Passives: verbs with object and infinitive
Passives: object complements