ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICES: The active voice describes a sentence where the subject performs the action stated by the verb. It follows a clear subject + verb + object construct that’s easy to read. In fact, sentences constructed in the active voice add impact to your writing.

In this active and passive voice quiz you are given 10 active voice sentences and you have to change them into the passive voice. 

Remember that to make the passive voice, we make the object of the sentence into the subject, add in the correct form of the verb to be, and change the verb to the past participle. 



We sometimes then move the subject to the end of the sentence, adding the word by, though we often omit that if it is clear who is doing the action. 

For being an active voice it should follow this rule

Active Voice Sentence = actor + verb + target

With passive voice, the subject is acted upon by the verb. It makes for a murky, roundabout sentence; you can be more straightforward with active voice. As such, there are many ways to change the passive voice to the active voice in your sentences.

For being an passive voice it should follow this rule

Passive Voice Sentence = target + verb + actor

The Subject Changes in Each Voice!

Before we explore a wealth of examples, let’s review some active writing tips. You’ll notice that, in the passive voice examples below, there are a few key words. Examples include:

is – is roamed; is viewed

was – was changed; was run

were – were eaten; were corroded

Pay special attention to the subject in each sentence. Is the subject performing the action denoted by the verb? If so, chances are you have a nice, clear sentence, written in active voice.

Active and Passive Voice Example with Answers of Present Simple Tense

1> Active: He reads a novel.

Passive: A novel is read.

2> Active: He does not cook food.

Passive: Food is not cooked by him.

3> Active: Does he purchase books?

Passive: Are books purchased by him?

4> Active: They grow plants.

Passive: Plants are grown by them.

5> Active: She teaches me.

Passive: I am taught by her.

6>Active:  It should bee done that way 

Pasive: its is done this way

Change the voice .

1> Performance was measured.

2> Python was invented by Guido van Rossum in the twentieth century.

3> David Korn discovered the KornShell quite by accident.

4> This information is used by the policy enforcement team.

5> Click the Submit button.

6> The orbit was calculated by Katherine Johnson.

7> Harry ate six shrimp at dinner.

8> Beautiful giraffes roam the savannah.

9> Sue changed the flat tire.

10> We are going to watch a movie tonight.

11> I ran the obstacle course in record time.

12> The crew paved the entire stretch of highway.

13> Mom read the novel in one day.

14> I will clean the house every Saturday.

15> The two kings are signing the treaty

Look at the following table:

Tense                                    Active                                               Passive 

Simple present                        keep                                                     is kept

Present continuous                is keeping                                           is being kept

Simple past                              kept                                                     was kept

Past continuous                      was keeping                                       was being kept

Present perfect                       have kept                                            have been kept

Past perfect                             had kept                                              had been kept

Simple Future                         will keep                                              will be kept

Conditional Present               would keep                                         would be kept

Conditional Past                    would have kept                                 would have been kept

Present Infinitive                    to keep                                                 to be kept

Perfect Infinitive                     to have kept                                        to have been kept

Present Participle                   keeping                                                being kept

Perfect Participle                     having kept                                         having been kept

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