Exercise 3

Rewrite these sentences in passive voice. Do NOT include the agent: by them, by John, etc.

 
EXAMPLE: I will send my friends a picture. ⇒ A picture will be sent to my friends.

1 They will give 30 minutes to each contestant ⇒ Each contestant .

2 They will give 30 minutes to each contestant ⇒ 30 minutes .

3 They have given the job to me. ⇒ I .

4 They have given the job to me. ⇒ The job .

5 They will show the winning painting to the public. ⇒ The winning painting .

6 They will show the winning painting to the public. ⇒ The public .

7 They bought him a jacket. ⇒ He .

8 They bought him a jacket. ⇒ A jacket .

9 They promised her a salary increase. ⇒ She .

10 They promised her a salary increase. ⇒ A salary increase .


 

 

Passive verbs with two objects – grammar chart

 
Passive verbs with two objects

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In a passive sentence, the subject is the object of the corresponding active sentence.

  • Somebody said something.
  • Something was said (by somebody).

There are some verbs which can take two objects. Some of these verbs are bring, get, give, make, offer, promise, send, show, etc.

  • I sent my friends a picture. (= I sent a picture to my friends.)

With these verbs, it is possible to make two different passive sentences, because you can use either of the two objects as the subject of the passive sentence:

  • My friends were sent a picture.
  • A picture was sent to my friends.

It is more common to begin the passive sentence with the person: My friends were sent a picture.