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Revise Your Verbs: Active and Passive Forms

In this worksheet, students revise and practise differentiating between active and passive verbs.

'Revise Your Verbs: Active and Passive Forms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:  Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Verbs can be used in both the active and passive forms.

For example:

John ate the apple.

'ate' is an active verb because it tells us what John did.

The apple was eaten by John.

This is a passive verb because the apple is the subject of the sentence. 

 

Passive verbs can be used to describe the state of something or someone. People often make mistakes with these, particularly in speech. Here are examples of correct use of passive verbs used to describe.

 

Active verb

Passive verb (used to describe)

Ben broke my watch. Ben has broken my watch.

My watch is broken. (describing how the watch is now)

We did the washing-up. We have done the washing-up.

The washing-up is done.

Dad ate all the cheese. Dad has eaten all the cheese.

The cheese has all been eaten.

Martin opened the window. Martin has opened the window.

The window is open.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

Mike has broken the lamp.

The lamp is broken.

The lamp has broken.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

You haven't cooked the meat properly.

The meat hasn't cooked properly.

The meat isn't cooked properly.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They sold their house.

Their house has sold.

Their house is sold.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They painted the door black.

The door is painted black.

The door has painted black.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

The technician has fixed the computer.

The computer is fixed.

The computer has fixed.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

He beat me at chess.

I beat at chess.

I was beaten at chess.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They wrote it in green ink.

They had wrote it in green ink.

It was written in green ink.

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They have done all the repairs.

All the repairs are done.

All the repairs was done.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

Mike has broken the lamp.

CORRECT ANSWER
The lamp is broken.
EDDIE SAYS
We either say "the lamp is broken" or "the lamp broke", not "the lamp has broken".
  • Question 2

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

You haven't cooked the meat properly.

CORRECT ANSWER
The meat isn't cooked properly.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They sold their house.

CORRECT ANSWER
Their house is sold.
EDDIE SAYS
Here, we could say "their house has been sold", but "their house has sold" is incorrect.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They painted the door black.

CORRECT ANSWER
The door is painted black.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

The technician has fixed the computer.

CORRECT ANSWER
The computer is fixed.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

He beat me at chess.

CORRECT ANSWER
I was beaten at chess.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They wrote it in green ink.

CORRECT ANSWER
It was written in green ink.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct sentence in the passive:

 

They have done all the repairs.

CORRECT ANSWER
All the repairs are done.
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