Exercise 3

Turn the following active sentences into passive sentences. Keep the same verb tense.

1They forbid smoking here. ⇒ Smoking here.

2They accept credit cards. ⇒ Credit cards .

3They are building a new cinema in the city. ⇒ A new cinema in the city.

4Someone is accusing him of stealing money. ⇒ He of stealing money.

5They built the house in 1950. ⇒ The house in 1950.

6The Romans named Neptune after the Roman god of the sea. ⇒ Neptune after the Roman god of the sea.

7Someone was blackmailing him. ⇒ He .

8When I passed by, someone was painting the walls. ⇒ When I passed by, the walls .

9They have told him that he has to leave the country. ⇒ He that he has to leave the country.

10For generations local fishermen have inhabited the lake. ⇒ For generations the lake by local fishermen.



Passive voice in the different verb tenses

To make a passive verb form, we have to use be in a particular verb tense and add the past participle of the main verb after it. You can see how to use the passive voice with different tenses below.
Passive verb forms – all tenses

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Active and passive

In a passive sentence, the object of an active sentence becomes the subject. 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)