Look at the following examples of the passive which have been taken from the
a) The Following sub-headings
have been removed from the following text about Bill Gates.
b) and by 1993 a million copies per month were being sold.
c) In China more than 400,000 copies were sold.
d) most of the house is hidden inside the mountain
e) which had been started by Gates and his friend Paul Allen.
f) decisions which are being made by the courts.
g) a lot of money will be made by Microsoft
Complete the following table with the above examples:
Future (going to)
is going to make
Can you find more examples in the text? Write them below and name the tense. Follow the example.
On Wednesday December 4th 2002, his wealth
was estimated to be $63, 849487 billion.
1. 2. 3. 4. 6.
Write the following sentences in the passive using the verb in
brackets. Follow the example.
Ej.) The Eiffel Tower ____ _____ in 1889.
The Eiffel Tower
1. My car
in France. (make) 2. English in New Zealand
(speak) 3. In this restaurant service
in the bill. (include) 4. All flights to New York
because of the weather
(cancel) 5. At the football match last Saturday twenty people
(arrest) 6. I came to work by bus this morning because my bicycle
(steal) 7. We’re sleeping in the living room at the moment because our bedroom
(paint) 8. Ben Dover’s new book on sexuality
Change the following sentences to passive and put 'by' if you think it's
necessary to say who did or is doing the action.
Ej. My sister made this dress.
1. People speak Spanish in Chile.
2. They made my car in Japan.
3. The British invented football.
4. They arrested John for fighting in a pub.
5. Cervantes wrote ‘Don Quixote’.
6. Arsenal beat Real Madrid 2-0 yesterday.
7. They are repairing the road in front of our flat at the moment.