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A. Change the verb to the active voice and rewrite the sentence.

Be sure to keep the same


tense. In some cases, it will be necesary to supply a subject (see the second example).

1. The books were taken by John.

2. The boxes were mailed today.

3. The two packages were opened by my secretary.

4. Our homework is corrected by our teacher.

5. Two buildings have been constructed by that company.

6. That room wasnt cleaned carefully yesterday.

7. The truck is being loaded by the men now.

8. Was that machine checked by the inspector ?

9. Will that report be written by the same committee ?

10. Has the news been announced by the presiden yet ?

11. The mail is delivered to this office twice a day.

12. All of us were suprised by his frank attitude.

13. Was the repair work done by the mechanic ?

14. He wasnt very much respected by the employees.

15. Are many courses in English given during the summer ?


B. Change the verb to the passive voice and rewrite the sentence. Be sure to keep the
same tense.

1. He signed the letter.

2. The secretary opens the mail every morning.

3. The committee is considering that proposal right now.

4. The army will complete that project next year.

5. His boss has transfered him to the another department.

6. Will the company distribute the announcements ?

7. An artist wrote that interisting article about Paris.

8. Today a large number of people speak English.

9. Didnt they return those books to the library ?

10. The government has not changed that regulation yet.

11. Someone stole all her valuable jewelry last night.

12. Miss Peters wrote all of the reports for Mr. Jhonson.

3. Bad weather has delayed flight 202 from Miami.

14. Did the court divide the money among the children ?

15. Many scholars have translated that famous Greek epic.

ACTIVE VS PASSIVE
Use the correct voice (active or passive) and the correct tense of verb in each sentence.
1. Everyone (shock) by the terrible news yesterday.

2. Almost everyone (enjoy) the lecture last night.


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3. English (teach) in the schools of almost every nation.

4. That proposal (consider) by the members right now.


5. The accident (happen) right here at 6:30 last night.

6. Smith (teach) at the University of Washington since 1948.

7. Mr. Harris (divide) the class into two sections tomorrow.

8. Wilson (borrow) the money from Brown two weeks ago.

9. Not much (say) about the matter since that time.

10. My friend (write) to me about it several times now.

11. Davis (promote) to the rank of sergeant last week.

12. That event (occur) shortly after the meeting last week.

13. All the students (bring) guests to the party tomorrow night.

14. Less than half of the cans of paint (use) up to now.

15. More classes in English (list) in the catalog next fall.

16. Everything (go) well so far. There (be) no trouble yet.

17. That movie about Napoleons life (disappoint) me greatly.

18. The mail (deliver, always) to this office before 10 a.m.

19. Who (furnish) the food for the picnic next weekend?

20. At this time, much attention (devote) to that problem.

21. Think carefully. Im sure you (remember) his name.

22. We (treat) very kindly by our hosts last Saturday.


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23. Mr. Wilson (make) something interesting statements yesterday.
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24. A new textbook (publish) by that company next year.

25. The noise from the trains (annoy) me terribly last night.

26. That old red house (build) in the year 1822.

27. The report (examine, not) by a committee of experts yet.

28. Cocktails (serve) to the guests about 10 minutes from now.

29. His sharp remarks (embarrass) everyone last night.

30. Fred (introduce) to the fellow by Mr. Brown yesterday.

31. Listen to this! I think this news (surprise) you!

32. The Ajax Shoe Company (employ) 25 new men next month.

33. Only 25 new students (admit) into the department in 1955.

34. A second coat of paint (spread) over that surface tomorrow.

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