Formal writers and popular authors say you should never use passive voice, but it has its place.

When we write in the active voice, we use verbs to illustrate an action. This is most common way we use these parts of speech. Verbs can also be used to describe a state of being or happening rather than having it carry out an action this is the passive form. We do not commonly use this form in writing. This form of writing purposefully avoids the first person account. When determining if a sentence is in active or passive voice, the use of any version of "to be" before a verb, such as "had been seen by" or "were sent by" is a good indicator of passive voice.

Teach your students the difference between the two voices, as well as good times to use each, with the exercises in the following collection of worksheets. Questionnaires and answer keys are provided. Note: Passive voice is used by many crime reporters in newspapers when specific perpetrators are unknown but the facts must be presented.

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Active Voice vs. Passive Voice

Convert each sentence form active to passive or from passive to active.

Longer Sentence Types

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Extended Sentences

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Compare Writing Forms

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Interesting Interaction

If you read into these sentences, you'll have a ball.

Full Court Press

Determine if each sentence is written in active or passive voice. Underline the "doer" in each sentence. Remember, the "doer" may not be the subject of the sentence.

Round 2 For Crazy Formats

We cover every format you saw on the previous worksheets.

Write It!

Write two active and passive voice sentences


Determine if the sentence is written in active or passive voice. Then rewrite the sentence using the opposite voice.

Label and Write It

First understand the intent of the sentence, than switches the intent of the sentence.