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Question 1 – True or False
The passive is formed by using the structure ‘be + past participle’.
Question 2 – Fill in the blanks in the explanation below.
The passive be formed in all the tenses. The ‘problem’, for want of a better word, lies with the tenses. The auxiliary verb of these tenses is verb , which is the same auxiliary verb used in passive constructions. It becomes impossible to conjugate the auxiliary verb twice, and this is why we cannot form the passive in all the tenses.
Question 3 – Are the verbs in this sentence Active or Passive?
Pioneers are often considered reckless until the moment their cutting-edge work is seen as groundbreaking.
Question 4 – Revise the verb from passive to active
Ongoing works are expected to be completed by the end of June (agent – the local council).
The local council the ongoing works to be completed by the end of June.
Question 5 – Revise the verb from active to passive
The CEO has announced a new bonus scheme for the top sales reps in the International Sales Department.
A new bonus scheme for the top sales reps in the International Sales Department by the CEO.
Question 6 – Is the agent important in this passive sentence?
Numerous water purification tests are being done daily by the relevant authority.
Questions 7 – Use the passive when… (Choose all the correct answers)
Question 8 – Conjugate the verb ‘decline’ in the rewriting of the sentence below.
There has been a drastic decline in sales in the past 6 months.
Sales drastically in the past 6 months.
Question 9 – Revise the verb from active to passive
It is not known if the reports which were leaked to the press were drafts or final versions.
It if the reports which were leaked to the press were drafts or final versions.
Question 10 – True or False
The Plain English Movement prefers the use of the passive over that of the active.