Got a Problem With Passive Voice? These 7 Sentences Will Help

By Akmal Akbarov

Do you have a problem with the passive voice? Do you know the difference between the passive and active voices?

Well, you don’t have to worry any longer because I have created this article just for you.

If you scroll down, you will see that I have taken one sentence and showed you how to write it in both the active and passive voices.

In the active voice your sentences usually follow this formula:

Subject + verb + object

For example: I clean my room every day. –> I (subject) + clean (verb) + my room (object) everyday.

To rewrite the sentence in the passive voice, you must make the object of this sentence the subject of the new sentence. The verb in a passive voice sentence is made up of an inflected form of to be and a past participle.

For example: My room is cleaned every day. –> My room (subject) + is (verb to be) + cleaned (past participle) every day.

Now let’s see how other tenses in English work in the passive voice. �� 1. Present Simple Active Voice I clean my room every day. I = subject clean = verb my room = object

1. Present Simple Passive Voice My room is cleaned every day. My room = subject is = verb to be (present tense) cleaned = verb past participle

2. Past Simple Active Voice I cleaned my room yesterday. I = subject cleaned = verb (past tense) my room = object

2. Past Simple Passive Voice My room was cleaned yesterday. My room = subject was = verb to be (past tense) cleaned = past participle

3. Present Perfect Active Voice I have cleaned my room this morning. I = subject have cleaned = verb (present perfect tense) my room = object

3. Present Perfect Passive Voice My room has been cleaned this morning My room = subject has been = verb to be (present perfect tense) cleaned = past participle

4. Present Continuous Active Voice I am cleaning my room now. I = subject am cleaning = verb (present continuous tense) my room = object

4. Present Continuous Passive Voice My room is being cleaned now. My room = subject is being = verb to be (present continuous tense) cleaned = past participle

5. Past Continuous Active Voice I was cleaning my room yesterday. I = subject was cleaning = verb (past continuous tense) my room = object

5. Past Continuous Passive Voice My room was being cleaned yesterday. My room = subject was being = verb to be (past continuous tense) cleaned = past participle

6. Future Simple Active Voice I will clean my room tomorrow. I = subject will clean = verb (future simple tense) my room = object

6. Future Simple Passive Voice My room will be cleaned tomorrow. My room = subject will be = verb to be (future simple tense) cleaned = past participle

7. Future (Going to) Active Voice I am going to clean my room this weekend. I = subject am going = verb to clean = infinitive my room = object

7. Future + Going to Passive Voice My room is going to be cleaned this weekend. My room = subject is going = verb to be = verb to be (infinitive) cleaned = past participle

​If you still have questions, please don’t forget to comment!

Hi, my name is Akmal. I’m an English language enthusiast, blogger, writer, and entrepreneur. In addition to being the founder of EnglishClubPro.com, I’m also a teacher of English with more than ten years of experience. I love helping aspiring English learners to master their English. Post adapted from original post.

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