Active and Passive sentences
An active sentence is one in which the subject of the sentence is committing
the action (verb) within the sentence. A passive sentence is where the subject
of the sentence has the action done to it.
To be able to recognize active and passive sentences, you must be able to
recognize the subject and the verb of a sentence.
Example and Explanation (side by side comparison) :
The teacher gave help to the student in his homework. (Circle subject and
underline up to verb). The teacher as the subject is giving the help, therefore
this is an active sentence.
The student was helped by the teacher in her homework. (Circle subject- the
The student as the subject in this sentence is being given the help, therefore
this is a passive sentence. Word Count 2148.
Select a suitable active verb to complete the sentence.
Emma the ball.
I my food.
Emma is throwing the ball.
Matthew is drinking water.
I am eating my food.
Change the active sentences to passive sentences.
Bethany did the work.
Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach.
I opened the window.
The work was done by Bethany.
James and the Giant Peach was written by Roald Dahl.
The window was opened by me.