In the above lesson we have learnt that Voice is the quality of a verb that indicates whether it’s subject acts (active voice) or is acted upon (passive voice).

Study the following table to understand how the verb in the sentence changes with the transformation of active voice to passive voice.

Examples of the transformation of active voice sentences to passive voice sentences.

  • Active : He reads a lesson.
  • Passive : A lesson is read by him.
  • Active : He reads books.
  • Passive : Books are read by him.
  • Active : She is reading a book.
  • Passive : A book is being read by her.
  • Active : They are eating mangoes.
  • Passive : Mangoes are being eaten by them.
  • Active : My friend has told the truth.
  • Passive : The truth has been told by my friend.
  • Active : The teacher has corrected the note-books.
  • Passive : The note-books have been corrected by the teacher.
  • Active : He deceived me.
  • Passive : I was deceived by him.
  • Active : He deceived them.
  • Passive : They were deceived by him.
  • Active : The maid was cleaning the room.
  • Passive : The room was being cleaned by the maid.
  • Active : The police were escorting the thieves to the police station.
  • Passive : The thieves were being escorted to the police station.
  • Active : She had taken her medicine in time.
  • Passive : Her medicine had been taken in time.
  • Active : I will complete my assignment.
  • Passive : My assignment will be completed by me.
  • Active : She can drive a car.
  • Passive : Car can be driven by her.
  • Active : We must follow traffic rules.
  • Passive : Traffic rules must be followed.
  • Active : The cat killed the mouse.
  • Passive : The mouse was killed by the cat.
  • Active : The man had cut down the tree.
  • Passive : The tree had been cut down by the man.
  • Active : Columbus discovered America.
  • Passive : America was discovered by Columbus.
  • Active : His teacher was praising him.
  • Passive : He was being praised by his teacher.
  • Active : The police will not arrest him.
  • Passive : He will not be arrested.
  • Active : The manager will give you a ticket.
  • Passive : You will be given a ticket by the manager.
  • Active : They found him guilty of murder.
  • Passive : He was found guilty of murder by them.
  • Active : All his friends were laughing at him.
  • Passive : He was being laughed at by all his friends.
  • Active : Stop the car!.
  • Passive : You are ordered to stop the car.
  • Active : One may accomplish many things by a little effort.
  • Passive : Many things may be accomplished by a little effort.
  • Active : Someone has stolen my car.
  • Passive : My car has been stolen.
  • Active : He told me to leave the room.
  • Passive : I was told to leave the room.
  • Active : He handed her a chair.
  • Passive : She was handed a chair by him.
  • Active : Our class teacher teaches us all subjects.
  • Passive : We are taught all subjects by our class teacher.
  • Active : Somebody has put out the light.
  • Passive : The light has been put out.
  • Active : The farmer gathers the harvest.
  • Passive : The harvest is gathered by the farmer.
  • Active : Manners reveal character.
  • Passive : Character is revealed by manners.
  • Active : My cousin has drawn this picture.
  • Passive : This picture has been drawn by my cousin.
  • Active : My father will write a letter.
  • Passive : A letter will be written by my father.
  • Active : They are using video for teaching students.
  • Passive : Video is being used for teaching students.
  • Active : They laughed at his warnings and objected to all his proposals.
  • Passive : His warnings were laughed at and proposals were objected to.
  • Active : Why should you suspect me?
  • Passive : Why should I be suspected by you?
  • Active : Do not insult the weak.
  • Passive : The weak should not be insulted.
  • Active : All desire wealth and some acquire it.
  • Passive : Wealth is desired by all and acquired by some.
  • Active : Shall I ever forget those happy days?
  • Passive : Shall those happy days be ever forgotten?
  • Active : Do you think the cat ate them?
  • Passive: DO you think they were eaten by the cat?
  • Active : I have sold my bicycle.
  • Passive : My bicycle has been sold.
  • Active : We must obey our elders.
  • Passive : Our elders must be obeyed.
  • Active : When will you return the book?
  • Passive : When will the book be returned?
  • Active : I am watching you carefully.
  • Passive : You are being watched carefully.
  • Active : He always keeps me waiting.
  • Passive : I am always kept waiting by him.
  • Active : You cannot pump the ocean dry.
  • Passive : Ocean cannot be pumped dry.
  • Active : People will always remember her.
  • Passive : She will always be remembered.
  • Active : Solve the whole exercise.
  • Passive : Let the whole exercise be solved.
  • Active : We call it Indian culture.
  • Passive : It is called Indian culture.
  • Active : Please help!
  • Passive : You are requested to help.

I am sure you have understood the concept of Active voice and Passive voice quite clearly.

Stay tuned…. Goodbye!