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The passive voice can be taught in a wide variety of ways. Examples can be given. Exercises can be used. Games can be organized. Worksheets can be assigned... and sometimes, the best way to teach the passive voice is just to use it in sentences like the ones above. If you want to make sure that your class really understands what the passive voice means - and where it does and doesn’t make sense to use it - you’ll probably want to employ a combination of all these teaching tactics.

Teaching the passive isn’t as simple as rehearsing with sample sentences - after all, the modern approach to ESL teaching emphasizes a balance of grammar, reading, speaking, and listening. To make sure your students really understand the passive voice, it’s important to get them involved in all these activities, until their knowledge of the passive is grounded in a variety of experiences, and they feel confident about producing it on their own. The question is, where can you find exercises for all four learning categories?

That’s what BusyTeacher.org is here for! Our 243 passive voice worksheets will ensure that you never run out of ways to teach the passive, no matter how many class periods you have to spend on it. No matter if you’re preparing your lesson plans weeks in advance, or putting together some last-minute exercises before you rush off to class (hey, it happens to all of us), our passive voice worksheets will prepare you to tackle the passive voice from all angles.

Some of our 243 passive voice worksheets help you create role playing games and other high-energy activities. Others invite your students to read and answer questions about stories. Still others offer real-world examples of the passive voice in English writing and speaking. And of course, you’ve also got plenty of introductory fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice passive voice worksheets to choose from.

Working through a unit on countries, or holidays, or movies? BusyTeacher.org has got you covered! Our worksheets draw on a variety of themes for inspiration, and you’re sure to find some that fit into any topic of conversation. And whether your students are still working through ESL level one, or are approaching fluency at level five, we’ve got worksheets adapted for their level - along with many that can easily be adaptable to any ESL level.

All these worksheets have been created by real ESL teachers all over the world - and they’ve ended up on BusyTeacher.org because they were hits in the classroom. When you choose a passive voice worksheet from BusyTeacher.org, you never have to wonder if it’s workable or not, because it’s already been proven to work. Have a worksheet of your own to share with our community? Just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page.

As you browse our library of 243 passive voice worksheets, you’ll notice that you can preview all of them as thumbnail images, so you can quickly single out the ones that look especially interesting. Once you’ve found some you like, just download them and print them out - they’re totally free to use and share as you like. So scroll on down and take a look - we’ve got a passive voice worksheet for every occasion!

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Passive Voice?
The passive voice is a grammatical construction (a "voice") in which the subject of a sentence or clause denotes the recipient of the action (the patient) rather than the performer (the agent). In the English language, the English passive voice is formed with an auxiliary verb (usually be or get) plus a participle (usually the past participle) of a transitive verb. For example, "Caesar was stabbed by Brutus" uses the passive voice. The subject denotes the person (Caesar) affected by the action of the verb. The counterpart to this in active voice is, "Brutus stabbed Caesar", in which the subject denotes the doer, or agent, Brutus. A sentence featuring the passive voice is sometimes called a passive sentence, and a verb phrase in passive voice is sometimes called a passive verb.
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Passive Voice Worksheet (Simple Past)

Passive Voice Worksheet (Simple Past)

Ghislaine Martínez
Passive Voice,
This is a simple worksheet about passive voice (using simple past). It has a brief description about the passive voice and its structure in the simple past and items. Item 1: write the sentences u ...
2 Views 6,482 Pre-IntInt
Branding and Brand Names

Branding and Brand Names

Marisa Stone
Passive Voice,
This power point is to practise speaking about advertising. Young learners and adults can do this activity. The idea is to get acquainted with this world, it is important to be critical and to hav ...
1 Views 2,334 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Passive

The Passive

Verónica
» Passive Voice
In this power point the students will learn to understand and correctly use the present simple passive, past simple passive and future passive. Also, they will learn to undertand and use the activ ...
4 Views 8,314 Int
Reading Non-Linear Text - How Chocolate Is Made

Reading Non-Linear Text - How Chocolate Is Made

Zaida Sanuri
A reading comprehension/ vocabulary-building worksheet related to flowchart and factory manufacturing process. It is suitable for elementary to pre-intermediate ESL students learning about process ...
14 Views 13,065 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: How I Met Your Mother, Past Passive

Movie Worksheet: How I Met Your Mother, Past Passive

Passive Voice,
I have designed this file for reviewing the past passive voice. It is designed based on episode 9 of 'How I Met Your Mother' (season 5). Students are asked to complete the sentences with past pass ...
3 Views 8,118 Pre-Int
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Song Worksheet: Passive Voice in Songs

Song Worksheet: Passive Voice in Songs

I've prepared this worksheet as an example of how passive voice is used in everyday life with the help of several songs. My students enjoyed this lesson, as they had to practice listening, singing ...
16 Views 26,832 Pre-IntIntAdv
Passive Voice

Passive Voice

» Passive Voice
The activity based teaching of the passive structure. This can be helpful in teaching the passive voice.The time suggested for each activity is the minimum amount of time needed to do a reasonable ...
2 Views 8,980 ElemPre-Int
Passive Voice Reminder

Passive Voice Reminder

Ada Luisa Arellano Méndez
» Passive Voice
My purpose of sharing this worksheet is the fact that it has helped my students learn and be aware of the reasons why passive voice exists! It takes them step by step with explanations and practic ...
4 Views 5,106 Int
Active and Passive Voice

Active and Passive Voice

» Passive Voice
This worksheet includes 3 activities for reviewing active and passive voice. First, students are asked to rewrite the sentences from active to passive. Then, they are asked to underline the correc ...
9 Views 15,073 Pre-Int
Tenses in Passive

Tenses in Passive

Mahboobe Tabasi
Passive Voice, ,
This is the worksheet I designed and used for teaching different tenses in passive voice. I found my students making mistakes in transforming the verb forms because in passive structures we s ...
7 Views 12,493 Int
Jigsaw Reading: Animals in the News

Jigsaw Reading: Animals in the News

BusyTeacher Contributor
Passive Voice, ,
This is a jigsaw reading activity for small groups. First, ss are given the titles of different news stories involving animals. Ss speculate on what could have happened based on the titles. Then t ...
10 Views 9,239 Adv
The Present Passive Voice (Questions)

The Present Passive Voice (Questions)

» Passive Voice
Using this worksheet, you have a possibility to teach children/adults asking questions in the present passive voice correctly. This worksheet is for those children or adults who have started learn ...
8 Views 12,986 ElemPre-Int
Active and Passive Voice

Active and Passive Voice

BusyTeacher Contributor
» Passive Voice
Active and passive voice worksheet contains exercises to change sentences from active to passive. English teachers may use this worksheet for grade 7. The worksheet is in word document so can be e ...
13 Views 23,052 Elem
Passive Voice Rephrasing

Passive Voice Rephrasing

Pury
» Passive Voice
This worksheet has got different exercises for practicing passive voice. It can be used to give the students some examples to use this structure but it can also to be used to check how students ha ...
9 Views 14,558 Pre-IntInt
Passive

Passive

» Passive Voice
This powerpoint explains the steps your students should take to  turn an active sentence into a passive sentence. It shows how to change the verbs for all tenses and has examples for every te ...
6 Views 9,136 Pre-IntInt
Active Passive

Active Passive

» Passive Voice
This worksheet is appropriate for revising passive voice and saying what material are usually/often used to make different objects. It can be used for class practice. Students are asked to re ...
10 Views 12,880 Pre-Int
Passive Voice in Use

Passive Voice in Use

» Passive Voice
This worksheet is appropriate for revising passive voice and saying what material are usually/often used to make different objects. It can be used for class practice. Students are asked to re ...
2 Views 9,688 Elem
Passive Voice Test

Passive Voice Test

Alla
» Passive Voice
it's a test to check students' understanding of the passive voice. There are two versions there. You can use it at the end of the topic to check it or just to practise while preparing students for ...
9 Views 16,240 Pre-IntInt
Passive Role-play: Blame It on Your Dog

Passive Role-play: Blame It on Your Dog

Passive Voice,
This worksheet is a fun role-play to practice the passive voice (either past simple passive or present perfect passive). Students are to play a role of an infuriated parent, boss or teacher a ...
28 Views 42,989 Pre-IntInt
Countries and Products (Passive Voice)

Countries and Products (Passive Voice)

Passive Voice,
This power-point presentation is pretty helpful for reviewing passive voice (simple present). It also presents some countries and their products and exports. It is appropriate for elementary and p ...
15 Views 12,318 ElemPre-Int
Present Simple Passive

Present Simple Passive

Passive Voice,
This power-point presentation is related to teaching and reviewing simple present passive. It also includes some examples (with answers) to help you more. It is appropriate for elementary and pre- ...
13 Views 9,708 ElemPre-Int
Verb Forms- Australia

Verb Forms- Australia

Passive Voice, ,
Two texts about Australia to complete with verbs ; passive and active forms , several tenses, to understand what tenses express in time and how or why to use them ( sorry the explanations are in ...
10 Views 14,538 Int
Simple Past Passive

Simple Past Passive

» Passive Voice
This power-point presentation is related to teaching and reviewing simple past passive. It also includes some worksheet and some examples to help you more. It is appropriate for pre-intermediate a ...
12 Views 8,490 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Recycle Now

Movie Worksheet: Recycle Now

Listening & speaking by A. Maitree Jeremy, Kingston Crown. Level :  elementary - pre-intermediate. Grammar focus : passive voice. Instructions : 1. The teacher reads out the ...
3 Views 11,231 ElemPre-Int
A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

This is a fictitious newspaper article about a hit-and-run offence. Students need to complete the text by put the verbs into the correct tense in the active or passive voice. Use to check students ...
17 Views 14,289 Pre-IntIntAdvExam

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