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Understand How to Change Sentences into the Passive Structure

In this worksheet, students will practise changing sentences into a passive structure.

'Understand How to Change Sentences into the Passive Structure' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Passive Verb Awareness

Popular topics:   Sentence Structure worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will learn how to change sentences so that they are passive.


In a passive sentence, the agent (the person or thing doing the action) is often left out.

For example:

Someone broke the window.

The window was broken.


broken window with shattered glass


We could write 'The window was broken by someone' but this sounds clumsy and doesn't add meaningful information to the sentence. Therefore, it's better to leave the extra wording (by someone) out.


Sometimes we know who the agent is but it's not important.

Competition winners will be notified in September.

In this sentence, it doesn't really matter who is doing the notifying, so this information can be left out.


man with money


The agent can also be left out of a passive sentence to build up suspense.

The door was pushed open slowly.

In this sentence, the author doesn't want the reader to know who is pushing open the door.


Now, let's put all this revision into practice and answer some questions!


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