Active and Passive Voice Exercise

Answer Key

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The following sentences are in active voice. Using the four-step proceedure, change them into the passive voice.

a) Mark led his dog through the woods.

1. His dog (or Mark's dog)

2. was led

3. by Mark (or by him)

4. His dog was led by Mark through the woods. Or Mark's dog was led by him through the woods.

b) Suzanne left her purse on the table.

1. Her purse

2. was left

3. by Suzanne (or you just leave it out)

4. Her purse was left on the table by Suzanne. Or Suzanne's purse was left on the table by her. Or Her purse was left on the table. Or Suzanne's purse was left on the table.

c) Candelaria picked a bouquette of flowers.

1. A bouquette (of flowers)

2. was picked

3. by Candelaria

4. A bouquette of flowers was picked by Candelaria. Or A bouquette of flowers was picked by Candelaria.

d) The tiger chased the hunter.

1. The hunter

2. was chased

3. by the tiger

4. The tiger was chased by the hunter.

e) The teacher gave the hardworking student a good grade.

1) The hardworking student or a good grade

2) was given

3) by the teacher

4) The hardworking student was given a good grade by the teacher. Or A good grade was given to the hardworking student by the teacher.

f) Oh, by the way, the hunter escaped the tiger.

1. The tiger

2. was escaped

3. by the hunter

4. Oh, by the way, the tiger was escaped by the hunter. (This shows how a sentence can sound really odd in the passive tense and why the active tense tends to be better.)

g) The student found all the verbs in the sentence.

1. All the verbs in the sentence

2. were found

3. by the student

4. All the verbs in the sentence were found by the student.

h) No wonder the student earned an "A" on the test.

1. An "A" on the test

2. was earned

3. by the student

4. No wonder an "A" on the test was earned by the student.

 

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