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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 234 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 234 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 234 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!

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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Tenses in Passive

Tenses in Passive

Mahboobe Tabasi
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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 ...
Views 5,602 Intermediate
Jigsaw Reading: Animals in the News

Jigsaw Reading: Animals in the News

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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 ...
Views 5,024 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
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 ...
Views 8,008 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Active and Passive Voice

Active and Passive Voice

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» 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 ...
Views 12,058 Elementary
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 ...
Views 8,988 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
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 ...
Views 6,382 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
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 ...
Views 9,446 Pre-Intermediate
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 ...
Views 5,497 Elementary
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 ...
Views 11,351 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
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 ...
Views 28,368 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
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 ...
Views 8,884 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
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- ...
Views 7,218 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
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 ...
Views 10,735 Intermediate
Simple Past Passive

Simple Past Passive

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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 ...
Views 6,495 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
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 ...
Views 8,978 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
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 ...
Views 10,877 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Passive Voice: Introduction and Practice Work

Passive Voice: Introduction and Practice Work

» Passive Voice
This ws is useful with the introduction and first steps in passive voice. Especially it is useful for the not doing well students. The tasks are easy. This will give the class as a whole some prac ...
Views 13,241 Elementary
The Passive Voice Worksheet

The Passive Voice Worksheet

» Passive Voice
This is a 2-page worksheet for teaching the passive voice at pre-intermediate level. The first page is basically just a study sheet with simple and complete explanations and it is followed b ...
Views 23,962 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Seven Wonders of the World ( Past Simple Passive)

Seven Wonders of the World ( Past Simple Passive)

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Seven short passages on Seven Wonders of the World. Students have to complete the information with the given verbs. They have to use active or passive simple past forms. Then, they are expected to ...
Views 13,390 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

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It's a good poem to learn irregular verbs. The three forms of the verbs are structured in a verse. It's an easy way to remember them. This worksheet is very good for students of different levels f ...
Views 14,119 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Past Simple Passive Voice

Past Simple Passive Voice

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This is a grammar worksheet for 7th or 8th grade students. It contains thirty-nine sentences. The task is use the past simple passive voice and complete the sentences with the given verbs. I hope ...
Views 10,029 Intermediate
Passive in Various Tenses 2

Passive in Various Tenses 2

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This passive worksheet contains 35 questions of active-to-passive exercises in various tenses. Each sentence contains a simple construction of a subject, a verb and an object without adverbs of ti ...
Views 11,937 Elementary
Movie Worksheet: 1001 Arab Inventions

Movie Worksheet: 1001 Arab Inventions

I made this worksheet when my students were learning about inventions. They watch the video about 1001 inventions made by Arabs and fill in the blanks or answer the questions. After watching the v ...
Views 8,184 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
My Monument

My Monument

This is an example of a project that students can create to practice tourist information. Students need to invent a monument of their own creation and explain it to the class. They need to invent ...
Views 7,414 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

This worksheet is to practice different tenses, passive voice and some other structures. Cut the table out, divide the rectangles off and distribute them to your students. They are supposed to say ...
Views 13,295 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

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