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Revise the Active and Passive Voice

In this worksheet, students revise changing sentences from the active to the passive voice.

'Revise the Active and Passive Voice' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:  Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sentences can be written in either the active or the passive voice.

 

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.

 

Sometimes the agent (the person or thing doing the action) is left out of a passive sentence.

for example:

Someone broke the window. (active)

The window was broken. (passive)

 

We could write 'The window was broken by someone' but it sounds clumsy and doesn't add anything to the sentence, so it is better to leave it out.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

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

 

The cow ate the grass.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Kaisha weeded the garden.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Meena gave Robert a sweet.

This time, change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

Someone smashed the vase.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

They are building a new sports centre in our town.

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

They don't allow dogs on the beach.

This active sentence could be changed into either of the passive sentences below, but which one is more effective?

 

Someone stole a painting from the exhibition.

A painting was stolen from the exhibition by someone.

A painting was stolen from the exhibition.

This active sentence could be changed into either of the passive sentences below, but which one is more effective?

 

Dr Andrews saved my little sister's life.

My little sister's life was saved.

My little sister's life was saved by Dr Andrews.

In the following passage a passive sentence has been used where the agent of the action is not important. Find the sentence and copy it into the answer box.

 

Please send your competition entries to the address at the top of the page. The closing date is 30 September and we cannot accept entries after this date. Winners will be notified within a month.

In the following passage the author has used a passive sentence without an agent to build up suspense. Find the sentence and copy it into the answer box.

 

The footsteps faded away. Philip and Jack didn't dare move until they were sure that whoever it was had gone. The night went quiet and they began to relax. Suddenly the gate was pushed open with a creak. Both boys froze.

  • 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'.)

 

The cow ate the grass.

CORRECT ANSWER
The grass was eaten by the cow.
  • Question 2

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Kaisha weeded the garden.

CORRECT ANSWER
The garden was weeded by Kaisha.
  • Question 3

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence.

 

Meena gave Robert a sweet.

CORRECT ANSWER
Robert was given a sweet by Meena.
  • Question 4

This time, change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

Someone smashed the vase.

CORRECT ANSWER
The vase was smashed.
  • Question 5

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

They are building a new sports centre in our town.

CORRECT ANSWER
A new sports centre is being built in our town.
EDDIE SAYS
We often use the word 'they' when we are referring to people in authority. It sounds clumsy in a passive sentence and is better left out.
  • Question 6

Change the following active sentence into a passive sentence without an agent.

 

They don't allow dogs on the beach.

CORRECT ANSWER
Dogs are not allowed on the beach.
Dogs aren't allowed on the beach.
  • Question 7

This active sentence could be changed into either of the passive sentences below, but which one is more effective?

 

Someone stole a painting from the exhibition.

CORRECT ANSWER
A painting was stolen from the exhibition.
EDDIE SAYS
We don't know who stole the painting, so adding 'by someone' adds nothing to the sentence. It is better to leave it out.
  • Question 8

This active sentence could be changed into either of the passive sentences below, but which one is more effective?

 

Dr Andrews saved my little sister's life.

CORRECT ANSWER
My little sister's life was saved by Dr Andrews.
EDDIE SAYS
This time the agent needs to be included otherwise the passive sentence will lack important information.
  • Question 9

In the following passage a passive sentence has been used where the agent of the action is not important. Find the sentence and copy it into the answer box.

 

Please send your competition entries to the address at the top of the page. The closing date is 30 September and we cannot accept entries after this date. Winners will be notified within a month.

CORRECT ANSWER
Winners will be notified within a month.
  • Question 10

In the following passage the author has used a passive sentence without an agent to build up suspense. Find the sentence and copy it into the answer box.

 

The footsteps faded away. Philip and Jack didn't dare move until they were sure that whoever it was had gone. The night went quiet and they began to relax. Suddenly the gate was pushed open with a creak. Both boys froze.

CORRECT ANSWER
Suddenly the gate was pushed open with a creak.
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