Passive Voice With Modals


Forming Passives With Modals


Affirmative FormObject + may, must, can, could, ought to, should + be + verb3
Question FormMust, may, can, should, might + object + be + verb3 (past participle)


Something must / can / should... be done by someone at sometime.

Active : Our English teacher may give an exam today.
Passive: An exam may be given by our English teacher today.

Active : Thomas has written many books.
Passive: Many books have been written by Thomas.

Active : Do you have to pay the bill before leaving the restaurant?
Passive: the bill have to be paid before leaving the restaurant?

Active : Juan can give them some information about the job.
Passive: Some information can be given about the job by Juan.
Passive2: They can be given some information about the JOB by Juan.

Active : You must obey the traffic rules.
Passive: The traffic rules must be obeyed.

Quick Exercise


Put the following sentences into passive voice. (Modals)

1. You may forget the rules quickly.
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2. You should study the lessons repeatedly.
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3. Benjamin must win the competition.
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4. They should cancel the game.
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5. The doctor can't persuade her.
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6. They need to repair my car.
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7. Who should pay the damage?
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