Change of Voice

Change of Voice

Voice shows the relationship between the doer of an action (subject) and the receiver of that action (object).

In the English Language, there are two voices.

A. Active Voice: A verb is said to be in active voice when the subject performs the verb. (Example – I write a letter)

B. Passive Voice: When the action of the verb is done to the subject. The verb is said to be in the passive voice. (Example – A letter is written by me)

Tense Changes

TenseVerb (active)Verb (Passive)
Simple PresentWrite/writesAm/is/are written
Simple PastWroteWas/were written
Simple FutureShall/will writeShall/will be written
Present ContinuousIs/am/are writingIs/are/am being written
Past Continuouswas/were writingWas/were being written
Present PerfectHas/have writtenHas/have been written
Past PerfectHad writtenHad been written
Future PerfectWill/shall have writtenWill/shall have been written

Note1. In Passive Voice always use the past participle third form of the verb.    

            2. Active to Passive is not possible of these Tenses – Present Perfect Continuous, Past Perfect Continuous, Future Perfect Continuous, and Future Continuous.

Change of Pronoun (Objective form)

Active VoicePassive VoiceActive VoicePassive Voice
IMeHeHim
YouYouWeUs
SheHerTheyThem
ItItWhoWhom

Exercises on Active to Passive Voice

Active VoicePassive Voice
He opens the door.The door is opened by him
We set the tableThe table is set by us
She pays a lot of money.A lot of money is paid by her.
I draw a picture.A picture is drawn by me.
They wear blue shoes.Blue shoes are worn by them.
They don’t help youYou are not helped by them.
He doesn’t open the book.The book is not opened by him.
You do not write the letter.The letter is not written by you.
Does your mum pick you up?Are you picked up by your mum?
Does the police officer catch the thief?Is the thief caught by the police officer?
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