Simple Past Passives


Forming Simple Past Passive


Affirmative FormObject + was / were + verb3 (past participle)
Question FormWas / Were + Object + verb3 (past participle) ?


Something was done by someone at sometime in the past.

Active : The teacher corrected the mistakes.
Passive: The mistakes were corrected by the teacher.

Active : Did the little boy sell all the candy bars?
Passive: Were all the candy bars sold by the little boy?

Active : Lauren didn't eat any apples.
Passive: No apples were eaten by Lauran.

Active : He didn't give the wallet.
Passive: The wallet wasn't given by him.


Quick Exercise


Put the following sentences into passive voice. (simple past)

1. Who wrote this book?
?

2. How did they steal her car?
?

3. The children rang the bell a few minutes ago.
.

4. The kids forgot the whole story in a few days.
.

5. Did the president make an important speech last night?
?

6. The police didn't question him very closely.
.

7. The wild animals killed two men yesterday.
?

Correctness =
Correct answers:
Also see Simple Past Passive Exercise.

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