Active And Passive Voice Trivia

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1.

This problem __________ by your brother yesterday.

Answer: Was solved
Explanation:
The correct answer is "was solved". The sentence is in the past tense and refers to an action that was completed in the past. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is the past tense "was solved".
2.

My father wrote this book. This book  _____________ by my father.

Answer: Was written
Explanation:
The correct answer to complete the sentence in passive voice is:
"This book was written by my father."
In passive voice, the subject of the sentence receives the action, and the agent performing the action (in this case, "my father") is usually placed after the verb "was written."
3.

This clock ________ in 1750.

Answer: Was made
Explanation:
The correct answer is "was made" because the sentence is referring to an action that happened in the past. The verb "was" is the past tense of the verb "to be" and is used to indicate that the clock was created or manufactured in 1750.
4.

Bronson scored a goal. Yes, a goal ____________ by Bronson.

Answer: Was scored
Explanation:
The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the goal has already been scored. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "was scored."
5.

This job ___________ by my friend next week.

Answer: Will be done
Explanation:
In this sentence, the verb "will be done" is the correct answer because it indicates that the job is going to be completed by the friend in the future. The use of "will" suggests a future action, and "be done" indicates that the job will be carried out.
6.

This house was __________ my grandfather.

Answer: Built by
Explanation:
This sentence is in the passive voice and the past tense. The action is being done to the house. Meaning the house was built by my grandfather would be the correct answer.
7.

This exercise will ______________ at home.

Answer: Be done
Explanation:
The correct answer is "be done" because the sentence is in the passive voice. The subject of the sentence is "this exercise," and the action is being performed on it by someone else, indicated by "by me." In the passive voice, we use the form "be" + past participle, so "be done" is the correct choice.
8.

Was the window pane ____________ the children?

Answer: Broken by
Explanation:
The correct answer is "broken by." This is because the sentence is asking about the action that caused the window pane to become broken. "Broken by" indicates that the children were the ones who caused the window pane to break.
9.

All the beds were _________ my grandmother.

Answer: Made by
Explanation:
The correct answer is "made by". This sentence is in passive voice and means that all the beds were created or constructed by my grandmother.
10.

Many writers were __________ Shakespeare.

Answer: Influenced by
Explanation:
The correct answer is "influenced by" because the sentence is talking about the writers who were affected or influenced by Shakespeare. The preposition "by" is used to indicate the source or cause of the influence.
11.

The money __________ stolen by the thieves if you leave it there.

Answer: Will be
Explanation:
The correct answer is "will be" because it indicates a future action. The sentence is in the passive voice and suggests that if you leave the money there, the thieves will steal it in the future.
12.

Mr. Johnson __________ the book.

Answer: Translated
Explanation:
 The correct answer is "translated" because it is the correct form of the verb to match the subject "Mr. Johnson".  The correct answer is “translated” because each of the other options either have unnecessary words that create grammatical mistakes, or do not refer to Mr. Johnson as the subject.
13.

The policeman _________ that man.

Answer: Arrested
Explanation:
The correct verb form "arrested" is used to indicate that the policeman performed the action of arresting the man. The other options are incorrect because they either change the subject of the sentence or do not fit grammatically with the rest of the sentence structure.
14.

We will _____________ by that teacher.

Answer: Be taught
Explanation:
The correct answer is "be taught" because the sentence is in passive voice and the verb "taught" is in the past participle form. In passive voice, the subject of the sentence receives the action of the verb. Therefore, the correct form is "be taught" to indicate that the subject will receive the teaching action from the teacher.
15.

Many things ____________ in this house.

Answer: Are said
Explanation:
The correct answer is "are said" because the sentence is referring to multiple things that are being said in the house. The verb "are" agrees with the plural subject "many things."
16.

This mansion ____________ in 1750.

Answer: Was built
Explanation:
The correct answer is "was built" because the sentence is in the past tense and refers to an action that happened in the past. "Was built" is the past tense of the verb "to build" and correctly indicates that the mansion was constructed in 1750.
17.

They will _______ this car soon.

Answer: Be buying
Explanation:
The correct answer is "be buying" because the sentence is in future tense and the word "soon" indicates that the action of buying the car will happen in the near future.
18.

This car will ___________ soon.

Answer: Be bought
Explanation:
The correct answer is "be bought". This is because the sentence is in the future tense and the verb "will" indicates a future action. In this case, the action is the car being bought. The passive form "be bought" is used to indicate that someone will purchase the car in the future.
19.

The jar ___________ by the maid.

Answer: Was broken
Explanation:
The correct answer is "was broken" because it is in the past tense and agrees with the subject "the jar." This indicates that the jar was broken by the maid at some point in the past.
20.

The center forward ______________ a goal.

Answer: Has scored
Explanation:
The correct answer is "has scored". This is because the phrase "has scored" is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about an action that happened at an unspecified time before now. In this case, it implies that the center forward has recently scored a goal.
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