Unit 22 Level 3 (Upper Intermediate- Advanced): The Passive Voice

In this unit we are going to review some special types of passive sentences, namely: passives with two objects, the “have/get something done” structure, the passive of reporting verbs and “passive gerunds and infinitives”.

1) First of all, let’s check your knowledge of some of these types of passive sentences with these videos:

Video 2

Video 3

2) Have a look at this document to review the reasons for using the passive as well as to find out more about some special passive structures.

Let’s do some practice with these exercises:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6

Exercise 7

Exercise 8

Exercise 9

Exercise 10

4) Use the sentences from the above exercises to practice with your language exchange. If you don't have a language exchange (or a teacher) you are wasting your time, you'll never learn to speak English.

5) Don’t forget to learn new vocabulary. Extract all the words you don't know from this article from Newsweek Magazine entitled “China: What Protests?”
Look the new words up in an English-English dictionary like this one.

6) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from “The Guardian”.

7) Finally, write a story of about 200/250 words using as many passive sentences as you can. You can use examples from the videos and exercises above.

If you have done all these exercises, then you've scored a 10! Well done! Imprimir

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