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Read the following extract from BBC online news. Then transform the underlined active sentences into
passive ones and viceversa
Harry says sorry for Nazi costume.
Prince Harry has apologised for wearing a swastika armband to a friend's fancy dress party.
(1) Clarence House issued a statement in response to a photograph published on the front page of the
Sun newspaper under the headline, "Harry the Nazi".
It read: "(2) Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it
was a poor choice of costume."
(3) But there have been calls for the prince to make his own public apology.
Tory leader Michael Howard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme Prince Harry should appear in
person, rather than talk through a spokesman.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the costume was in "bad taste".
But they were "pleased" he had apologised for the incident.
"It was clearly in bad taste, especially in the run-up to holocaust memorial day on the 27th of this
month, which (4) the Royal Family will be taking a leading role in commemorating."
(5) The picture was taken at the weekend at a friend's birthday party in Wiltshire, which had the fancy
dress theme "colonial and native".
Study this examples: x
This house was built in 1895 passive [ the agent is not specified]
Someone built this house in 1895 active x
This house was built by my father in 1895 passive [ the agent is specified: my father]
My father built this house in 1895 active
In passive sentences we use the correct form of:
be (is/ are / was / were / has been / have been) + past participle (done/cleaned/damaged/built…)
The passive infinitive be done / be cleaned / be built etc. is used after modal verbs (will, can, must, etc.) and
a number of other verbs (for example have to, be going to, want to…)
Ex: Active: We can solve the problem
Passive This problem can be solved
other passives: will be opened… might be sent… is going to be done… I want to be left alone
X These are the passive forms of the present and past tenses: 15
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