Practice Passive Voice in Past Tenses
Passive voice = BE + PAST PARTICIPLE (3rd form).
Passive voice actions are done by people who are unknown or unimportant.
In past tenses and forms, passive voice is made as follows:
- Past Simple Passive: The meeting was planned.
- Past Continuous Passive: The meeting was being planned.
- Past Perfect Passive: The meeting had been planned.
- Past Perfect Continuous Passive: The meeting had been being planned. (rare)
- Third Conditional Passive: If the meeting had been planned, I would have gone.
- Mixed Conditional Passive 1 (past/pres): If the meeting had been planned, I’d be there now.
- Mixed Conditional Passive 2 (pres/past): If the meeting was planned, I would have gone.
- Modal Past Passive: The meeting could / would / had to / might be planned.
- Modal Perfect Passive: It could’ve / would’ve / should’ve been planned.
- going to (past): The meeting had been going to be planned.
We normally use passive voice in formal spoken and written contexts. We don’t normally use it to talk about everyday informal actions, e.g. I read a book today. =
A book was read [by me] today.
Passive voice is most often seen / heard in the following contexts:
A. business English
B. creative arts
D. crime and punishment
E. natural disasters
F. invention / discovery
G. historical events
H. life story / obituary
Write sentences using the prompts. Embellish where possible. Say which context they belong to A-H:
Practice Passive Voice in Past TensesPractice Passive Voice in Past Tenses
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