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Rewriting Passive Verbs as Active
& Active as Passive

Based on The Queen of the Pirate Isle, by Bret Harte

Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

A. Directions: The following sentences are in passive voice. Rewrite them in active.

     Passive: The boy was hit by a truck.
     Active: A truck hit the boy.
1. The dark passage was illuminated by candles.

2. At the mouth of the other tunnels they were greeted by men as if they were carrying tidings of great joy.

3. Part of her existence had been passed as a Beggar Child.

4. Patsey was at once enrolled and the banana eaten.

5. It could only be discovered by a person who could not possibly know that he or she had discovered it, who never could or would be able to enjoy it, who could never see it, never feel it, never, in fact know anything at all about it!

B. Directions: The following sentences are in active voice. Rewrite them in passive.

1. The entire band of Red Rovers accompanied them.

2. Patsey's father worked this "diggings."

3. The faces of the men below paled in terror.

4. The others  repeated his extraordinary bow with more or less exaggeration to the point of one humourist losing his balance!

5. Then they saw the extended figure detach what looked like a small black rope from its shoulders and throw it to the girl.