Exercise 3

Fill in the gaps with the verbs in brackets in the correct passive voice form. Do NOT use contracted forms.

1I don’t like (tell) what to do.

2The hotel was closed because it . (renovate)

3I went to the doctor yesterday and I (prescribe) some medicine for my cough.

4My car (not fix) yet, and I need it for tomorrow.

5If she hadn’t insulted the police office, she wouldn’t (arrest).

6She is hoping (elect) president.

7Last night’s fire might (cause) by lightning.

8Our house  (paint) so we are staying at my parents’.

9The museum (visit) by millions of people next year.

10The suspect (question) by the police at the moment.



The passive voice with the different tenses

In a passive sentence, the object of an active sentence becomes the subject. Then we have to use the verb be in the tense we need and add the past participle of the main verb after it. In a passive voice sentence, the subject is the receiver of the action, not the doer of the action.

  • They take the photos in Africa. (active)
  • The photos are taken in Africa. (passive)

You can see how to use the passive voice with different tenses below.
The passive voice – all tenses

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When do we use the passive voice?

In English, we us the passive voice when we don’t know, or we don’t want to talk about who or what does the action in a sentence. Check the following examples.

  • A bank was robbed yesterday. (=We don’t know who robbed the bank.)
  • He was arrested last night. (=It’s obvious that the police arrested him.)
  • I have been told that you insulted my brother. (=I don’t want to say who told me.)
  • Jurassic Park was filmed by Spielberg in 1993. (=I’m talking about Jurassic Park and not about Spielberg.)