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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 246 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 246 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 246 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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Active and Passive Voices Worksheet

Active and Passive Voices Worksheet

SHALOO court
» Passive Voice
This worksheet is about Active and Passive Voice. The explanation part helps the students in learning the basics of Active and Passive voice. The rules are defined in a simple manner for the stud ...
1 Views 7,800 Pre-Int
Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the Passive and Active voice used to create past narrative. The tasks are based on the video that lists the historical events and major changes in Central Europe in 20th ...
1 Views 6,461 IntAdv
To Have Something Done Worksheet

To Have Something Done Worksheet

KasiaP
» Passive Voice
A short exercise on how to use "have x done" in different tenses and forms. It gives some extra practice in using the structures that are difficult even for higher level students. It can be used ...
1 Views 5,261 IntAdv
Passive Voice Worksheet and Sentence Completion

Passive Voice Worksheet and Sentence Completion

Aiya
» Passive Voice
Worksheet to teach passive voice on the topic of clothes. First, students are asked to elicit the formula of Passive Voice by answering questions about Passive Voice sentences. Next, they should r ...
1 Views 6,649 ElemPre-Int
History of London from Roman Times to Modern Days

History of London from Roman Times to Modern Days

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the vocabulary describing the features of London from the early days to modern times. The activity is organized around the video. Tasks focus on developing listening compr ...
1 Views 16,255 Pre-IntInt
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Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

English Through Videos
Help your learners practice their English with this fun video activity. Watch the TV show clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 9,591 IntAdv
Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Anastasiia
The tasks are based on the video and focus on developing listening comprehension. The worksheet includes listening for the gist, listening for specific information, and gap-filling activities. Th ...
1 Views 8,793 ElemPre-IntInt
Passive Voice Video Activity - Cartoon Clip Descriptions

Passive Voice Video Activity - Cartoon Clip Descriptions

English Through Videos
Passive Voice,
Help your learners practise their English with this fun video activity. Watch the cartoon clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 9,443 Adv
Describing Processes with the Passive (01)

Describing Processes with the Passive (01)

Toby Crowley
» Passive Voice
A fun worksheet (you should read the whole thing before giving it to your students) to help you review the passive while using it to describe business processes. The worksheet features ridiculous ...
1 Views 10,730 IntAdv
Passive Voice in Stages

Passive Voice in Stages

Or-Tal Kiriati
» Passive Voice
Passive voice exercises in stages, including parts of speech. 3 pages of exercises and a writing assignment at the end. Can be used as a test too. Section A is converting sentences from passive to ...
1 Views 12,657 Pre-IntIntAdv
Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

Passive Voice, ,
There is a short info section on the rules for Passive Voice, form and use for two tenses: Present Simple and Past Simple. There are two exercises to practise the Present Simple & the Past Sim ...
1 Views 16,935 Pre-IntInt
A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

Jeff Genet
An awesome collaborative or individual exercise to practice writing, speaking, sequencing, storytelling, follow up questions and much more! Use the images as prompts to tell a story. Brainstorm vo ...
1 Views 15,077 All
Passive Voice - Present Simple & Past Simple

Passive Voice - Present Simple & Past Simple

» Passive Voice
This PowerPoint is a short introduction for the Passive Voice. The goal is to get the students to differentiate and understand why passive is used instead of active.The video and images are there ...
1 Views 8,773 Pre-IntInt
The Spoken Essay: Structure and Persuasion in Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech

The Spoken Essay: Structure and Persuasion in Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech

Todd Davis
FDR's request to Congress to declare war on Japan in retaliation for the attack on America is historic and iconic, as much for the structure of the speech as for the gravity of the attack itself. ...
1 Views 15,608 IntAdv
Inventions Presentation Worksheet

Inventions Presentation Worksheet

Marcela Burger
» Passive Voice
This worksheet uses inventions and discoveries in history to help studnets learn how to form the past passive tense. Combine it with other worksheets on the passive tense to create a complete curr ...
4 Views 14,337 ElemPre-Int
Famous Paintings

Famous Paintings

BusyTeacher Contributor
» Passive Voice
This is a worksheet for practicing questions in passive voice with the help of the description of two famous paintings. The worksheet is recommended for pair work where students A & B must coo ...
3 Views 13,052 Pre-IntInt
Passive Voice Running Dictation

Passive Voice Running Dictation

Ekaterina
» Passive Voice
Pupils work in pairs. One is a runner, the other is a writer. Stick the worksheet to the board or wall. The runner goes to the board, reads one sentence (which is in the active form), transforms i ...
11 Views 27,150 IntAdv
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 ...
3 Views 33,147 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 ...
3 Views 16,978 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 ...
7 Views 20,459 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 ...
21 Views 33,162 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 ...
4 Views 19,008 Pre-Int
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 ...
22 Views 125,790 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 ...
3 Views 17,786 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 ...
5 Views 11,043 Int

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