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Sentence Structure: Passive Sentences 2

In this worksheet, students practise changing sentences into the passive and from the passive.

'Sentence Structure: Passive Sentences 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Passive Verb Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In an active sentence the subject is carrying out the action.

for example:

The children climbed the tree. 

 

In this sentence the children are doing the climbing, so it is an active sentence.

 

In a passive sentence the subject receives the action.

for example:

The tree was climbed by the children.

 

The subject (the tree) is not doing the climbing, but being climbed, so it is a passive sentence.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

For example: 'The dog chased the cat.' becomes 'The cat was chased by the dog.'

Remember to type a full-stop at the end of the sentence.

 

The mouse ate the cheese.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Jack washed the car.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Ahmed gave Sid a present.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

The school caretaker painted the white lines on the running track.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Joanna did the washing up.

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The house was built by my uncle.

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The window was broken by Paul.

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The goal was scored by Tommy.

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The race was won by Usain Bolt.

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The competition was won by my brother.

  • Question 1

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

For example: 'The dog chased the cat.' becomes 'The cat was chased by the dog.'

Remember to type a full-stop at the end of the sentence.

 

The mouse ate the cheese.

CORRECT ANSWER
The cheese was eaten by the mouse.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! To make a sentence passive the subject needs to have the action done to them. You need to turn the sentence around. In this example the 'cheese' becomes our subject and it has to be eaten by the cat.
  • Question 2

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Jack washed the car.

CORRECT ANSWER
The car was washed by Jack.
EDDIE SAYS
It is helpful to identify the action in the sentence. In this example what is happening? 'Jack' is washing the car, so we need to bring the car to the start of the sentence to make it our subject and explain what is being done to it and by who.
  • Question 3

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Ahmed gave Sid a present.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sid was given a present by Ahmed.
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? Remember a sentence is passive when the subject of the sentence has an action done to them by something or someone. 'Sid' needs to become the subject of the sentence. Keep going!
  • Question 4

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

The school caretaker painted the white lines on the running track.

CORRECT ANSWER
The white lines on the running track were painted by the school caretaker.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? 'The white lines' become the subject. The action of being painted is done to them by the caretaker.
  • Question 5

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Joanna did the washing up.

CORRECT ANSWER
The washing up was done by Joanna.
EDDIE SAYS
What is the action? Remember an active sentence is when the subject is performing the action. We need to make sure that the subject is receiving the action. The 'washing up' becomes our subject.
  • Question 6

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The house was built by my uncle.

CORRECT ANSWER
My uncle built the house.
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! An active sentence is when the subject is the one carrying out the action. In this example we need to show that the 'uncle' has performed the action 'built the house'.
  • Question 7

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The window was broken by Paul.

CORRECT ANSWER
Paul broke the window.
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! 'Paul' becomes our subject and he performs the action of 'breaking the window'.
  • Question 8

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The goal was scored by Tommy.

CORRECT ANSWER
Tommy scored the goal.
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! Did you get it right? Our subject needs to perform the action. 'Tommy' performs the action 'scores a goal'.
  • Question 9

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The race was won by Usain Bolt.

CORRECT ANSWER
Usain Bolt won the race.
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there well done! Again think about the action. Identify what it is and decide who has performed it. 'Usain Bolt' is our subject. The sentence becomes active as he wins the race.
  • Question 10

Change the following passive sentence into an active sentence.

 

The competition was won by my brother.

CORRECT ANSWER
My brother won the competition.
EDDIE SAYS
Super star! 'My brother' becomes the subject and 'won the competition' shows that he performs the action himself. This makes the sentence active.
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