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Elementary - The Passive

Monday, 01 June 2009
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English grammar lesson on-line for elementary level students - An explanation of the passive with printable exercises.

Positive and Negative


present simple

is (not)
are (not)

spoken in Italy.
made in China.
cleaned yesterday.

past simple was (not)
were (not)



present simple Where is (not)
are (not)

the post delivered?
English spoken?
Toyota cars made?

past simple was (not)
were (not)

1) We use the passive form to say what happens to people and things, to say what is done to them.
The past participle of regular verbs is -ed.

  • The office is cleaned every day.
  • My children aren't helped with their homework.
  • The project was completed on time.
  • When was the telephone invented?

2) There are many common irregular verbs. For the complete list see Irregular verbs.

  • English is spoken all over the world.
  • Fiat cars are made in Italy.
  • Those houses were built 80 years ago.
  • Where is Coca Cola made?
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