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Active Passive

Active Passive

Students compete against each other in this Active Passive activity to change active voice sentences into passive voice sentences. A speaking activity using passives.

Level:  Intermediate

Grammar:  Passives

Time:  20 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.



Divide the class into two teams, and ask the teams to line up in front of the board.


Explain to the students that they will hear a sentence in the active voice (from the Key). The first person in each line compete to correctly change the active voice sentence into the passive voice.

For example:

Teacher: The ambulance awoke Terri (active).

Student: Terri was awoken by the ambulance (passive).


The first person to raise his or her hand can try first. If the student is correct, his or her team can get a point. If the student is incorrect, his or her team will get a negative point, and then the other team can try.  


Continue until all the sentences have been used.


The team with the most points is the winner.

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