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Active v. Passive Voice: Worksheet
Practicing I: Read the paired sentences aloud. Write "A" in the blank beside the sentence in the active voice, "P" in the blank beside the sentence in the passive voice.
a.------------ Louise made the coffee.
b.------------ The coffee was made by Louise.
c. ------------- The package was advertised by the travel agent.
d. ---------------The travel agent advertised the package.
_____ 1.That movie was especially liked by Brianna and Choe.
_____ 2. The wings of the eagle were spread wide before it took off.
_____3. The automatic door was installed by the technician.
_____4. This class is taught by several different teachers.
_____5. The wind storm completely uprooted the old oak tree.
_____6. The exhausted runner fell and could not get up after the race.
_____7.A new computer was purchased by Malcolm.
_____8. The lecture was delivered by the visiting scholar.
_____9. Special effects are often used by directors to create movie excitement.
_____10. Hungry birds often flock to the bird feeder.
Practicing II: Rewrite these sentences to put them in the active voice.
1. The building has been left by Elvis.
3. A superb dinner was prepared by the famous chef.
4. The story of the albatross will be told many times by the ancient mariner.
5. It was proven by Atticus that the crime was not committed by the accused.
Rewrite the paragraph so there is NO passive voice. The room was entered by Mrs. Anderson, at which point words of advice regarding active verbs were spoken by her. It was decided by the rebellious class that the final paper of the semester would be written entirely in passive voice. Remarks were made by a distraught Anderson; protests were made by the students. A seat was gotten out of by one student. His desk was stood upon by him, and a vow was made by him that he would never write another active sentence.