Grammar: Present Simple Passive (Pre-intermediate)

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In this short quiz of 25 items, you can practice how the Present Simple Passive is used. Remember to use the be + 3rd form of the verb in all the sentences. Sometimes, you need to use the active voice, not the passive one. Be careful which one to choose. Good luck!
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Portuguese ... spoken in France as an official language.

    • A.

      Isn't

    • B.

      Is

    • C.

      Are

    • D.

      Aren't

    Correct Answer
    A. Isn't
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "isn't." This is because Portuguese is not spoken in France as an official language.

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  • 2. 

    I ... up by my mother every day.

    • A.

      Wake

    • B.

      Are woken

    • C.

      Am woken

    • D.

      Am woke

    Correct Answer
    C. Am woken
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am woken" because the sentence is in the passive voice. The subject of the sentence is "I", and the verb is "woken". In the passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb. Therefore, "I am woken up by my mother every day" means that the action of waking up is done to the subject (I) by someone else (my mother).

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  • 3. 

    The wedding ... (organise) by a team.

    Correct Answer
    is organised
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is organised" because the verb "organise" is in the present tense and the subject "wedding" is singular. In present tense, when the subject is singular, we use the form "is" with the base form of the verb. Therefore, "is organised" is the correct form.

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  • 4. 

    Thriller is sung ... Michael Jackson.

    Correct Answer
    by
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by" because the word "by" is used to indicate the performer or creator of a song. In this case, "Thriller" is sung by Michael Jackson, meaning that he is the one who performs the song.

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  • 5. 

    MP3 music songs ... by millions of people.

    • A.

      Are downloaded

    • B.

      Are download

    • C.

      Download

    • D.

      Downloads

    Correct Answer
    A. Are downloaded
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are downloaded" because the sentence is in the present tense and refers to a continuous action. The verb "downloaded" needs to be in the present tense and agree with the subject "MP3 music songs." Therefore, the correct form is "are downloaded."

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  • 6. 

    The students ... the exam at the end of the school year.

    Correct Answer
    pass
    Explanation
    The students successfully completed or achieved a satisfactory result in the exam at the end of the school year.

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  • 7. 

    Transform the following active sentence into a passive one: They cook soup in the kitchen.

    Correct Answer
    Soup is cooked in the kitchen.
    Explanation
    The original sentence "They cook soup in the kitchen" is transformed into a passive sentence "Soup is cooked in the kitchen." In the passive voice, the subject of the original sentence (They) becomes the object (Soup) and the verb (cook) is changed to its passive form (is cooked). The prepositional phrase "in the kitchen" remains unchanged.

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  • 8. 

    Transform the following active sentence into a passive one. They speak English all over the world.

    Correct Answer
    English is spoken all over the world.
    Explanation
    The original sentence states that "They speak English all over the world." This is an active sentence because it has a subject (They) performing the action (speak) on the object (English). The passive transformation changes the sentence structure to emphasize the object and make it the subject of the sentence. Therefore, the correct passive transformation is "English is spoken all over the world."

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  • 9. 

    Which is the correct passive equivalent of the following passive sentence: Mountain climbers use a lot of bottled oxygen.

    • A.

      A lot of bottled oxygen are used by mountain climbers.

    • B.

      Bottled oxygen is used by mountain climbers a lot of.

    • C.

      A lot of bottled oxygen is used by the mountain climbers.

    • D.

      A lot of bottled oxygen is used by mountain climbers.

    Correct Answer
    D. A lot of bottled oxygen is used by mountain climbers.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A lot of bottled oxygen is used by mountain climbers." This is the correct passive equivalent of the given passive sentence "Mountain climbers use a lot of bottled oxygen." The subject "mountain climbers" becomes the object in the passive form, and the verb "use" is changed to "is used." Additionally, the phrase "a lot of bottled oxygen" remains unchanged.

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  • 10. 

    Erica ... the record of the champion of free diving.

    • A.

      Is held

    • B.

      Is hold

    • C.

      Holds

    • D.

      Hold

    Correct Answer
    C. Holds
    Explanation
    Erica "holds" the record of the champion of free diving. This means that Erica currently has possession of the record and is the current champion. The verb "holds" is the correct form to use in this context as it matches the subject "Erica" and indicates present tense.

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  • 11. 

    My shirts ... ironed every day.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Be

    • C.

      Are

    • D.

      Am

    Correct Answer
    C. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because it agrees with the subject "shirts" which is plural. "Is" would be used if the subject was singular, such as "My shirt is ironed every day."

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  • 12. 

    What's the passive equivalent of this active sentence? Sunglasses protect our eyes in summer.

    Correct Answer
    Our eyes are protected by sunglasses in summer.
    In summer our eyes are protected by sunglasses.
    In summer, our eyes are protected by sunglasses.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Our eyes are protected by sunglasses in summer." This is the passive equivalent of the active sentence "Sunglasses protect our eyes in summer." It maintains the same subject (our eyes) and object (sunglasses), but changes the sentence structure to focus on the action being done to the subject. The other options also convey the same meaning, but may have slightly different word order or punctuation.

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  • 13. 

    People buy clothes in the shopping centre.

    Correct Answer
    Clothes are bought in the shopping centre.
    Explanation
    If the subject of the active sentence is 'people' (or 'they', or 'somebody'), it's not important, we don't use 'by people', 'by them' or 'by somebody'.

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  • 14. 

    Chinese ... (not understand) by many Hungarians.

    Correct Answer
    isn't understood
    Explanation
    Many Hungarians do not understand Chinese.

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  • 15. 

    My hair ... (cut) every second week.

    Correct Answer
    is cut
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is cut" because the sentence is in the present tense and the subject "My hair" is singular. In the present tense, when talking about a regular or habitual action, we use the verb "is" (or "am" or "are") followed by the past participle form of the verb. In this case, the past participle form of "cut" is "cut." So, the correct sentence is "My hair is cut every second week."

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  • 16. 

    My hairdresser ... my hair every second week.

    Correct Answer
    cuts
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "cuts" because the sentence is in the present tense and the verb "cuts" agrees with the subject "my hairdresser." The word "cuts" indicates that the hairdresser regularly trims or styles the person's hair every second week.

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  • 17. 

    What's the passive equivalent of this active question: Do they ride this horse every day?

    • A.

      Is every day this horse ridden?

    • B.

      Is this horse rode every day?

    • C.

      Is this horse ridden every day?

    • D.

      Are every day this horse ridden?

    Correct Answer
    C. Is this horse ridden every day?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Is this horse ridden every day?" This is the passive equivalent of the active question "Do they ride this horse every day?" In the passive voice, the subject of the active sentence (they) becomes the object of the passive sentence (this horse), and the main verb (ride) is changed to its past participle form (ridden). The question is asking whether or not this horse is ridden on a daily basis.

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  • 18. 

    This email was sent ... the boss.

    Correct Answer
    by
  • 19. 

    The match is ... (win) by Real Madrid every time.

    Correct Answer
    won
    Explanation
    Real Madrid has emerged as the victor in every match.

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  • 20. 

    The gardener ... a lot of flowers in the yard.

    • A.

      Grow

    • B.

      Grows

    • C.

      Is grown

    • D.

      Are grown

    Correct Answer
    B. Grows
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "grows" because it agrees with the subject "The gardener," which is singular. In English grammar, the verb "grow" needs to be conjugated to match the subject in number and person. Since the subject is third person singular (the gardener), the correct form of the verb is "grows."

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  • 21. 

    Every glass ... (break) in this house.

    • A.

      Are broken

    • B.

      Is broken

    • C.

      Are broke

    • D.

      Is broke

    Correct Answer
    B. Is broken
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is broken" because the subject "Every glass" is singular and requires the singular form of the verb "to be" which is "is." Additionally, the word "broken" is the correct past participle form of the verb "to break" in this context.

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  • 22. 

    My leg is ... when I play football with my friends.

    • A.

      Hert

    • B.

      Hurt

    • C.

      Hurted

    • D.

      Hurts

    Correct Answer
    B. Hurt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hurt." In this sentence, "hurt" is the past tense form of the verb "hurt," which means to cause pain or injury. The sentence suggests that the speaker's leg experiences pain when they play football with their friends.

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  • 23. 

    People wear pullovers in winter.

    Correct Answer
    Pullovers are worn in winter.
    Explanation
    The given statement simply states that people wear pullovers in winter. The answer restates the same information in a slightly different way, emphasizing that pullovers are indeed worn during the winter season.

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  • 24. 

    Transform the following sentence into a passive one: People speak English all over the world.

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