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Passives Part 2 – Questions and Negatives

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Of course you can make passive sentences in any tense, and as a question or a negative sentence.

Negatives are easy. All you need to do is follow the rule for passives (use be + V3) and add “not.”

For questions, put your first verb before the subject.

Here are all the possibilities in the present tense:

Active:

We speak the word.

The word is spoken.

Is the word spoken?

The word isn’t spoken.

 

In the plural:

We speak the words.

The words are spoken.

Are the words spoken?

The words aren’t spoken.

Exercise
Write passive sentences (affirmative, questions and negatives). To keep things simple, all these sentences are in the present tense.

1 Does her new husband carry her through the front door?

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2 Do many people watch the series?

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3 The racing driver runs his car through a sharp curve without braking even once.

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4 We pick fruit from the apple tree.

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5 The 115-year-old man studies English every week.

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6 Do you study passive tense in school?

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7 He doesn’t have any money in his pockets.

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8 The traffic makes a lot of noise outside my window.

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9 You help us often.

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10 Why do you turn the light on when you sleep?

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You will find the answers when you scroll down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

1 Is she carried through the front door by her new husband?

2 Is the series watched by many people?

3 Is his car run through a sharp curve without braking even once by the racing driver?

4 Is the fruit picked from the apple tree by us?

5 Is English studied every week by the 115-year-old man?

6 Is passive tense studied (by you) in school?

7 No money is had in his pockets.

8 Not a lot of noise is made by the traffic outside my window.

9 We are often helped by you.

10 Why is the light turned on by you when you sleep?

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