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.