5 Useful Passive Tense Exercises and Worksheets

The passive tense is useful in academic writing  because it allows the writer or speaker to emphasize  a subject  by rearranging a sentence. In business the passive tense is often used to describe processes .  Exercises using pictures encourage students to use critical thinking skills and help illustrate the passive tense in a memorable way.

1 Passive tense worksheet (with answers)

This is a passive tense sentence writing exercise for English language learners. Students complete the sentences using their own ideas generated by the pictures. The verbs below the pictures and the “Useful vocabulary” at the bottom of the page may assist them. Click on the image below or the link at the side of the page to download the PDF file.

Passive tense worksheet with answers

Passive tense worksheet (PDF)

2 Writing passive tense sentences (with answers)

This is another passive tense sentence writing exercise.

Writing passive tense sentences with pictures

Writing passive tense sentences (PDF)

3 Passive tense sentences for  environmental issues (with answers)

The exercise below is for exploring the language of environmental issues in the classroom by writing passive tense sentences. It is a good way to gauge the level of knowledge about environmental issues. While students work independently the teacher can walk around and choose some of the best sentences and write them on the the on the board.

Passive tense sentences fto describe environmental issues

Writing passive tense sentences (PDF)

4 Processing cotton writing exercise

This exercise helps students understand how to write sentences in the active or passive tenses when describing a process.

Processing cotton passive tense exercise

Processing cotton (PDF)

5 Passive toast classroom activity

This is a classroom miming activity for the passive tense. Below are the instructions.


Warm the class to this activity by miming and eliciting from them the instructions for making toast.

2. Group Work/writing

Next, give out the handout and tell the students to rewrite the instructions in the passive tense.

3. Speaking

Finally, with the students in groups of three, one looks at the instructions and mimes while the other two reproduce the instructions as they are acted out.

Passive toast handout (PDF)

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