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Practicing the Passive Voice

Choose the correct form of the verb "be":

Exercise A - "be" indicates the tense of the verb.

1. She ______ laid off from work last week. (be - past)

2. He ______ paid every other Friday. (be - present)

3. They ______ given a lot of help. (be - past)

4. I ______ born in Mexico City. (be - past)

5. The dogs ______ ______ fed later today. (be - future)

6. You _____ taught how to pronounce some words by your teacher. (be - past)

7. A new school ______ ______ built in our neighborhood. (be - present perfect)

8. The sound of the TV set next door _____ ______ heard through the wall. (be - modal verb: can)

9. The rent ______ ____ ______ paid by next Wednesday because that's the first of the month. (be - idiomatic modal verb: have to)

10. She ______ ______ married for fifteen years before she and her husband got a divorce. ( be - past perfect)

Answers

Exercise A:

1. was 2. is 3. were 4. was 5. will be 6. were 7. has been 8. can be 9. has to be 9. had been

 

Exercise B - Choose the correct past participle. Use the verb provided as the main verb. You will need to change it to the past participle form.

1. Dinner is usually ________ at 6:00. (serve)

2. The pizza was ________ to the front door. (deliver)

3. They were ________ of the problems their child was having in school. (tell)

4. His father is being ______ to Iraq to fight in the war. (send)

5. The car should be ________ before we drive it. (insure)

6. This car has been ________ over 100,000 miles. (drive)

7. I was ________ last week. (pay)

8. It has to be ________ this week. (do)

9. The cookies need to be ________ with two eggs. (make)

10. The meeting was _______ in Room 130. (hold)

 

Answers

Exercise B

1. served 2. delivered 3. told 4. sent 5. insured 6. driven 7. paid 8. done 9. made 10. held

 

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