Voice change exercise | Active to Passive Voice

Passive voice exercises

1. Active: The old man wants money.
Passive: Money is wanted by the old man.

2. Active: The young writer entertained the lady admirer.
Passive: The lady admirer was entertained by the young writer.

3. Active: The lady guest took the writer to task. Passive: The writer was taken to task by the lady guest.

4. Active: They were digging a canal.
Passive: A canal was being dug by them.

5. Active: He will have done the task.
Passive: The task will have been done by him. 

6. Active: She is singing a patriotic song.
Passive: A patriotic song is being sung by her.

7. Active: They ran a race.
Passive: A race was run by them.

8. Active: I know how he has done it.
Passive: It is known to me how it has been done by him.
Or, How it has been done by him is known to me.

9. Active: The President made him General.
Passive: He was made General by the President.

10. Active: You kept me waiting.
Passive: I was kept waiting by you.

11. Active: Panic seized the young writer.
Passive: The young writer was seized with panic. 

12. Active: Jerry called it laurel.
Passive: It was called laurel by Jerry.

13. Active: I saw him going across the field.
Passive: He was seen going across the field by me.

14. Active: He has not broken the axe handle.
Passive: The axe handle has not been broken by him.
Voice Change Exercise

Assertive Sentence Passive Voice

15. Active: I made him write the essay.
Passive: He was made to write the essay by me.

16. Active: I know that she called you a fool.
Passive: It is known to me that you were called a fool by her.

17. Active: The orange tastes sour.
Passive: The orange is sour when it is tasted.
Or, The orange is tasted sour.

18. Active: We ought to obey our teachers.
Passive: Our teachers ought to be obeyed by us.

19. Active: You must not drive the car.
Passive: The car must not be driven by you.

20. Active: The widow killed herself.
Passive: The widow was killed by herself.

21. Active: I bought the book which he liked.
Passive: The book which was liked by him was bought by me.

22. Active: I gave him the dog-whistle.
Passive: He was given the dog-whistle by me.

23. Active: Circumstances obliged me to go.
Passive: I was obliged to go.

24. Active: We can gain nothing without labour.
Passive: Nothing can be gained without labour.

25. Active: The cow is milking.
Passive: The cow is being milked.

26. Active: The book is printing.
Passive: The book is being printed.

27. Active: We elected him Secretary.
Passive: He was elected Secretary by us.

28. Active: The albatross made the wind blow.
Passive: The wind was made to blow by the albatross.

29. Active: They said that John would help him.
Passive: It was said by them that he would be helped by John.
Or, That John would help him was said by them.

30. Active: They searched his office and they found a number of stolen documents.
Passive: His office was searched and a number of stolen documents were found by them.

31. Active: We should not laugh at a lame man.
Passive: A lame man should not be laughed at by us.

32. Active: The cat killed the mouse.
Passive: The mouse was killed by the cat.

33. Active: Mice kill the mouse.
Passive: The mouse is killed by mice.

34. Active: Alisha is playing table tennis.
Passive: Table tennis is being played by Alisha.

35. Active: Alisha was playing table tennis.
Passive: Table tennis was being played by Alisha.

36. Active: Alisha will be playing table tennis.
Passive: Table tennis will be being played by Alisha.

Interrogative Sentence Passive Voice

1. Active: Who broke the glass?
Passive: By whom was the glass broken?

2. Active: What do you want?
Passive: What is wanted by you?

3. Active: Whom do you prefer?
Passive: Who is preferred by you?

4. Active: Where did you find these fishes?
Passive: Where were these fishes found by you? 

5. Active: Did the old sailor kill the albatross?
Passive: Was the albatross killed by the old sailor?

6. Active: Will you buy a pen?
Passive: Will a pen be bought by you?

7. Active: Does Harry play basketball?
Passive: Is basketball played by Harry?

8. Active: Did Harry play basketball?
Passive: Was basketball played by Harry?

9. Active: Was Harry playing basketball?
Passive: Was basketball being played Harry?

10. Active: Has Harry played basketball?
Passive: Has basketball been played by Harry?

11. Active: Do you learn it?
Passive: Is it learn by you?

12. Active: Were they playing cricket?
Passive: Was cricket being played by them?

13. Active: Have they played basketball?
Passive: Has basketball been played by them?

14. Active: Who killed the rat?
Passive: By whom was the rat killed?

15. Active: Who can do the work?
Passive: By whom can the work be done?

16. Active: Did Harry play volleyball?
Passive: Was volleyball played by Harry?

17. Active: Does Harry writes a love letter?
Passive: Is a love letter written by Harry?

Imperative Sentence Passive Voice

1. Active: Carry this load.
Passive: Let this load be carried (by you).

2. Active: Do not beat the servant.
Passive: Let not the servant be beaten.

3. Active: Do not hate the needy.
Passive: Let not the needy be hated.

4. Active: Do not waste your time.
Passive: Let not your time be wasted.

5. Active: Do not make a noise.
Passive: Let not a noise be made.

6. Active: Always speak the truth.
Passive: Let the speak be spoken always.

7. Active: Do the work now.
Passive: Let the work be done now.

Exceptional voice Change exercise

1. Active: He annoyed me.
Passive: I was annoyed with me.

2. Active: I know the man
Passive: The man is known to me.

3. Active: His behaviour surprised me.
Passive: I was surprised at his behaviour.

4. Active: The news shocked him.
Passive: He was shocked at the news.

5. Active: I saw him go.
Passive: He was seen to go by me.

6. Active: He made me do the work.
Passive: I was made to do the work by him.

7. Active: His conduct shocked me.
Passive: I was shocked at his conduct.

8. Active: Light filled the room.
Passive: The room was filled with light.

9. Active: Her manners pleased us very much.
Passive: We were very much pleased with her manners.

10. Active: The novels of Charles Dickens interest me.
Passive: I am interested in the novels of Charles Dickens.

11. Active: Someone has stolen my purse.
Passive: My purse has been stolen.

12. Active: Circumstances obliged to go.
Passive: I was obliged to go.

13. Active: We can grain nothing without labour.
Passive: Nothing can be grained without labour.

14. Active: Why did they refuse him admittance?
Passive: Why was he refused admittance?

15. Active: We should not encourage indiscipline.
Passive: Indiscipline should not be encouraged.

16. Active: Mother looked after the girl.
Passive: The girl was looked after by mother.

17. Active: He has worked out the answer correctly.
Passive: The answer has been correctly worked out by him.

18. Active: Someone built this building in 1976.
Passive: This building was built in 1976.

19. Active: Adam presided over the meeting.
Passive: The meeting was presided over by Adam.

20. Active: People consider me honest.
Passive: I am considered honest.

21. Active: She likes people to obey her.
Passive: She likes to be obeyed by people.

22. Active: People believe that you know.
Passive: It is supposed that you know.

23. Active: We will not admit children under eight.
Passive: Children under eight will not be admitted by us.

24. Active: It is time to do your duty.
Passive: It is time for your duty to be done.

25. Active: I knew him.
Passive: He was known to me.

Why and when do we use passive voice?

1. When the subject is implied
Example: Effective steps have been taken to ensure our business.

2. To discovery or invention.
Example: Smartphone was invented by
Martin Cooper

3. To be born
Example: Erica was born in 1998.

4. To show the origin of something
i. Rice is grown in plenty in Thailand.

5. To request or invite someone
Example: He is requested to come.

6. For the classification of something.
Example: Verb is divided into two main parts.

7. To define something
Example: Voice is called in the manner of expressing the verb.

8. In the case of describing the process in the corner
Example: Coffee is prepared from boiling water.

9. To give Order, Advice, Warning etc. to someone
i. My father is advised to follow the lecture.
ii. Alcohol should be given up.

10. To explain the origin of anger in the corner
 Example: Lung diseases is caused by smoking.

11. In case of Notice or Announcement
Example: The debate will be held tomorrow.

12. In case of submitting a report
Example: A number of war criminals have been arrested.

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