Mastering the Passive Voice

The passive voice may not be used as much as the active voice, but knowing when and how to use the passive appropriately gives a person a higher level of accuracy in written and spoken English. I recently met a request for an updated lesson on the passive. In the ideal world, I would have…

Too Passive about the Passive Voice?

So I know I need to be concise when I write, and they say it’s better to use dynamic language. Does that mean I should avoid the passive?  What about in spoken English? Students’ questions about the passive voice reveal common confusion over when to use it. The easy way out is not to use it….

Getting Married or Divorced? An activity for the passive voice with “get”

There’s often a lot of attention given to the be-passive. Would you like to offer your students some meaningful practice with the get-passive? Consider this activity. Step 1 – Write a list of 12-15 verbs on the board. These verbs should lend themselves to forming passive constructions with get. Suggestions: marry, divorce, catch, stick, hit, arrest, accept,…

In and Out of the Spotlight: An Activity for the Passive Voice

The source: Celebrity photos will always be plentiful. You can find them at magazine newsstands or for free online. Many sites post photos weekly if not daily, and captions are always provided. Find a site that covers a range of famous people, such as OMG! The format: One option is for the teacher to use…