Passive voice

Posted on Mar 24 2014 - 7:55am by Zdenda

To learn Passive voice it is necessary to know the past participles. If you do not know the past participles go to our post on Past participle and learn the irregular verbs first. Once you do not have any problems with past participles, it is time to learn the Passive voice in English.
Passive voice is used if the subject (the thing before the verb) does not do the action described by the verb. Then you have to insert the verb “TO BE” in the correct form in front of the verb in past participle.

Passive – graphical presentation

First there is a mind map describing the form of the passive.


The second graphic clearly shows the usage of passive voice: Your task is to write two sentences under each picture using present simple tense and past simple. The sentences in the first column should be in active voice and the sentences in the second column should be in passive voice.

passive demonstration

See how passive is formed

Passive – games

Here you have a chance to learn the passive through games. Play each game at least twice and then I think that you will understand the basic rules of passives.
The first game is a simple online quiz. Try to fill in the verbs in the correct form.

Passive – online quiz

The second game is called Hoop shoot. Once again, choose the correct form and then stop the sliders in the center.
Click Here to play the game – Passive Hoop Shoot

35 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. emad 24/03/2014 at 8:30 am -

    Thanks for your helpful tips on grammar.

  2. Andrew Martin Lorimer 24/03/2014 at 8:37 am -

    The study of ‘grammar’ is so interesting. Of course the grammar of a language follows the ‘collective human mind’s understanding’, and as such, if it is a correct description, is truly representative of it’s speakers representative sample.

  3. Moeoo Koko 24/03/2014 at 8:38 am -

    many thanks!

  4. TBONG 24/03/2014 at 8:46 am -

    very hard for beginer

  5. Zdenda 24/03/2014 at 9:03 am -

    I am glad you find this grammar explanation useful.

  6. Beatriz 24/03/2014 at 12:58 pm -

    Thank you so much for your explanation.

  7. Hassan 24/03/2014 at 1:37 pm -

    Very informative. Especially for language teachers.

  8. Mayra Vera 24/03/2014 at 2:03 pm -

    Thanks a lot!!! This is something Ss always struggle with.

  9. elena 24/03/2014 at 3:35 pm -

    very useful,thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Keti 24/03/2014 at 6:25 pm -

    very useful

  11. Elena 24/03/2014 at 8:06 pm -

    Great…I was loking for something like that!!!!!!
    Thanks from South of Italy!!!

  12. Zdenda 25/03/2014 at 3:29 am -

    I am happy that you find this grammar explanation useful.

  13. Zdenda 25/03/2014 at 3:30 am -

    I am glad you see the grammar explanation in this way.

  14. Zdenda 25/03/2014 at 3:32 am -

    Yeah, when I was teaching this grammar two weeks ago I failed completely. Many students started to understand passive only after being presented the other picture.

  15. Zdenda 25/03/2014 at 3:32 am -

    Not only for the teachers. It is for the students too. They can learn the grammar here.

  16. iftikhar khan 25/03/2014 at 5:23 am -

    very informative

  17. rasyida 25/03/2014 at 5:39 am -

    very usefull, thanks!

  18. Zdenda 25/03/2014 at 5:56 am -

    Thank you. I try to explain the grammar as well as I can.

  19. Muslymat 30/03/2014 at 1:11 am -

    I ve taught my students this very topic,but not like this, I think this method is simple and students will understand easily. Thanks so much.

  20. Zdenda 30/03/2014 at 4:47 am -

    Yeah, I have tried to teach my students passive for a long time and I am really happy with this explanation.

  21. Jitka 31/03/2014 at 7:58 pm -

    Thank you for your work !
    Can I have a question ? Do you teach with Project 3rd edition ?
    πŸ™‚ When I look for something that I need for my lesson, I always find your web πŸ˜€ and yopur nice mind maps. Can I share your link on my web ? Jitka

  22. Zdenda 01/04/2014 at 2:30 am -

    Yes, I teach Project 3rd edition and most of the material here is created for my classrooms. You are welcome to share the material here as long as you put a link to this site there.

  23. The Anglophile 04/04/2014 at 6:21 am -

    Hello there~^^ I love how you explain the active and passive voice in this kind of interactive illustrations~ How about if you make another to explain the usage of have/had/has and were/was~^^ again thank you~^^

  24. Zdenda 05/04/2014 at 4:05 am -

    That is a great idea. I will jump on it next week.

  25. Nmer 06/04/2014 at 2:15 pm -

    We are sure that the mental map is very important and useful but we have another technique. you are going on the whole tenses!

  26. Zdenda 06/04/2014 at 2:41 pm -

    Could you explain in more detail what you mean?

  27. Power English 07/04/2014 at 1:07 pm -

    This is really great lesson to learn the Passive voice in English. Because most of learners make mistakes about passive voice. But you shared very useful explanations, pictures and more here. Thanks.

  28. SUBHAN 12/04/2014 at 2:30 pm -

    It’s really useful I’ve tried with my student Thanks .

  29. Moh 25/06/2014 at 6:12 pm -

    could you please tell me what software do you use for making these games ?

  30. Zdenda 27/06/2014 at 12:07 pm -

    I have been using games and

  31. Zdenda 14/07/2014 at 10:52 am -

    I have used the following software: Flash games from,,, and edrawmax.

  32. khanh nhu vo 20/07/2014 at 8:38 am -

    it’s very useful for me, simple and easy to understand

  33. Zdenda 21/07/2014 at 2:33 pm -

    Then we have achieved what we wanted to. Thank you for your appreciation.

  34. Tegbe 17/08/2014 at 3:26 am -

    Thanks for this inspiring tools.

  35. Melitina Trigueros 06/09/2014 at 2:10 am -

    Thanks a lot for your help.

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