Active and passive voice

Active and passive voice

A sentence is written in active voice when the subject of the sentence is performing the action.

A sentence is written in passive voice when the subject of the sentence has something done to it by someone or something.

For example:

Active voice: The cat was chasing the mouse.
In this sentence, ‘the cat’ is the subject, ‘was chasing’ is the verb and ‘the mouse’ is the object.

Passive voice: The mouse was being chased by the cat.
In this sentence ‘the mouse’ has become the subject which is having something done to it by the cat.

Using the login details you have been sent through parent mail for Discovery Education, login using the tab in the top right hand corner ensuring you click onto the ‘espresso’ option. Once logged in, in the search bar type ‘active and passive voice’ the first link that will appear is for an ‘active and passive video’. Click on that and watch the video about the giraffe and zebra. At the bottom of the screen you can complete two quizzes and an activity.

For more information you could watch this video.


Here is how these sentences would be written in the passive voice.

Up to ten letters a day are written by Emma.
Meat is enthusiastically gobbled by the lion.
The most melodious and beautiful tunes are sung by mermaids.

Now, have a go yourself. Write your passive sentences in the comment section below.

Answers

Answers

Once you are confident, have a go at these past SATs questions all linked to the active and passive voice. The answers to these questions are at the end of the PDF document.
Testbase active and passive

10 Comments

  • Hafsa Posted 25th March 2020 11:45 am

    Miss Brown I don’t understand it I’ve watched the video but I still don’t understand what should I do??

    • Miss Brown Posted 25th March 2020 2:18 pm

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=38QqDrckyxM&feature=emb_logo

      Try this one and see if this helps.

      If something is written in the active voice, then the person or thing (the subject) is actively doing the verb. For example: I caught the ball. This is written in the active voice as I am actively catching the ball.
      If it is written in the passive voice, then something is having the verb done to them. For example: The ball was caught by Miss Brown. This is written in the passive voice as the ball is having something done to it.

  • Annissa Posted 25th March 2020 1:11 pm

    Miss brown you know the maths revision guide if we were to not come in before summer term ends what will we do as you said at the beginning of the year to return them at the end.

    • Miss Brown Posted 25th March 2020 2:11 pm

      Thanks for thinking about this! Hopefully we will be back by then, but if not, I will send a message out asking people to drop them off at school when they can.

  • Feaza Posted 25th March 2020 1:37 pm

    Miss my email for the discovery education i not got my
    Miss can u post mine please

    • Miss Brown Posted 25th March 2020 2:08 pm

      I can’t post login details on here as they need to be private. Does your mum have parent mail?

  • feaza Posted 25th March 2020 2:44 pm

    no but i think my sister does i will i ask her

  • feaza Posted 25th March 2020 3:54 pm

    miss you know the reading test we did like you said we can look at the score but we cant so please may we look at it when we come back. and my mum doesn’t have parent mail

    • Miss Brown Posted 26th March 2020 10:36 am

      Of course you can

  • Hafsa Posted 25th March 2020 4:19 pm

    Thank you Miss Brown this has really helped

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