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Forming Present Perfect Passive

Affirmative Form Object + have / has + been + verb3 (past participle)


Question Form Have / has + object + been + verb3 (past participle)

EXAMPLES:
Something has been done by someone at sometime up to now.

Active : They have cleaned the clinic.


Passive: The clinic has been cleaned by them.

Active : Thomas has written many books.


Passive: Many books have been written by Thomas.

Active : Have the police caught the man?


Passive: Has the man been caught by the police?

Active : UPS has delivered the letters.


Passive: The letters have been delivered by UPS

Exercise on Passive Voice - Present Perfect

Rewrite the sentences in passive voice.

Kerrie has paid the bill. _________________________________________________________

The bill has been paid by Kerrie. _____________________________________________________

I have eaten a hamburger. _______________________________________________________

We have cycled five miles. _______________________________________________________

I have opened the present. ________________________________________________________

They have not read the book. ______________________________________________________

You have not sent the parcel. _______________________________________________________

We have not agreed to this issue. ____________________________________________________

They have not caught the thieves. ___________________________________________________

Has she phoned him? ________________________________________________________


Have they noticed us? ________________________________________________________

Exercise 1

Complete these sentences with the verbs in brackets. Use the present perfect passive.

Our house has finally been renovated

The old roof ........................................................................ . (repair)

Some inner walls ................................................................ . (move)

All the windows ................................................................. . (replace)

All the inner doors ............................................................. . (repaint)

A new exterior door ........................................................... . (buy)

A new bathroom ................................................................ . (build)

Central heating ................................................................... . (install)

Exterior walls ..................................................................... . (insulate)

New plumbing systems ...................................................... . (use)

New floors .......................................................................... . (lay)

Exercise 2 Use the passive voice to rewrite these sentences.

 We haven't checked your car yet.


Your car_______________________________________________________________
 They have not done anything about it so far.
Nothing ______________________________________________________________________
 Someone has cut this tree with this saw.
_________________________________________________________________________
 Too many people have used the same methods
_________________________________________________________________________
 My classmates have decorated our classroom.
_________________________________________________________________________
 Children have eaten all the biscuits.
_________________________________________________________________________
 Property developers have bought this land.
_________________________________________________________________________
 They haven't asked us to give them a hand
_________________________________________________________________________
 Charities in this country have done a lot of good work.
_________________________________________________________________________
 They haven't built the new bridge yet
_________________________________________________________________________

Exercise 3
Use these words to make sentences in the passive voice.
Example: build | a new bridge - A new bridge has been built.
A lot has been changed in our town since I was born
improve | a lot of things
.......................................................................................................................................................
renovate | the townhall
.......................................................................................................................................................
add | some benches | in pedestrian areas
.......................................................................................................................................................
in the park | create | a new pond
.......................................................................................................................................................
old trees | cut down
.......................................................................................................................................................
instead | plant | new trees
.......................................................................................................................................................
a new zoo | near the town | open
.......................................................................................................................................................
on the outskirts | built | a football stadium
.......................................................................................................................................................
install | computers | in the library
.......................................................................................................................................................
in some public places | establish | a wifi network
.......................................................................................................................................................

Exercise 5
Make questions to complete the following texts.
........................ you been ........................................ money? (promise) Be careful, you can
become a victim of fraud.

Have ..................................................................................... by us for research? (you - contact)


Please, use the link below to answer our questions.

............................................................................... with Dell products? (anybody - ever satisfy)


Thank you in advance for giving me a tip.

..................................................................................................? (the flight - cancel) There is no


announcement on the departure board.

........................................................................................................? (the issue - resolve) Please,


let us know.

....................................................................................... by the police? (you - ever stop) I'm just


curious to know.

................................................................................... by pop-up virus? (your computer - block)


Contact your technical support immediately.

...................................................................................? (you - fire) You need to prepare for job


interviews as soon as you can.

.......................................................................................? (your baggage - damage) Any damage


or loss should be reported in writing.

............................................................................................ by a girl? (you - reject) Don't panic.


There are plenty more fish in the sea.

Make the sentences passive:


1. Somebody has cleaned the kitchen.
__The kitchen has been cleaned ________________________________
2. Somebody has watered the plants.
_______________________________________________________________
3. Somebody has taken the money.
_______________________________________________________________
4. Somebody has bought the presents.
_______________________________________________________________
5. Somebody has finished the report.
_______________________________________________________________
6. Somebody has killed the President.
_______________________________________________________________
7. Somebody has repaired the road.
_______________________________________________________________
8. Somebody has elected that man.
_______________________________________________________________
9. Somebody has learned lessons.
_______________________________________________________________
10. Somebody has fired John.
_______________________________________________________________
11. Somebody has ordered new books.
_______________________________________________________________
12. Somebody has prepared the meal.
_______________________________________________________________
13. Somebody has sent the email.
_______________________________________________________________
14. Somebody has eaten the strawberries.
_______________________________________________________________
15. Somebody has fixed the heating.
_______________________________________________________________
16. Somebody has made coffee.
_______________________________________________________________
17. Somebody has turned on the air conditioning.
_______________________________________________________________
18. Somebody has downloaded the song.
_______________________________________________________________
19. Somebody has rented a flat.
_______________________________________________________________
20. Somebody has booked the holiday.
_______________________________________________________________

Green Level
Lesson Ten
Present Continuous Tense, Passive Voice
S + (be) + being + past participle

This tense is confusing because the verb "be"


appears twice. This example uses the verb "tell"
as the main verb:

tell / told / told


Singular Plural
I am being told We are being told

You are being told You are being told

He is being told
She is being told They are being told

It is being told

Exercise on Passive Voice - Present Progressive


Rewrite the sentences in passive voice.
1. Sheila is drinking a cup of tea. A cup of tea is being drunk by Sheila.
2. My father is washing the car.
3. Farmer Joe is milking the cows.
4. She is taking a picture of him.
5. I am writing a poem. –
6. We are not playing football.
7. He is not wearing a tie. –
8. Is she preparing the party?
9. Are they talking about the meeting? –
10. Is she watering the flowers? –

Exercise 1
Complete these sentences with the verbs in brackets. Use the present continuous passive.
Look at that! A new supermarket ............................................. in this street. (build)
You car will be ready soon. It ............ just ......................................... . (wash)
You can't see the horses, they ............................................... now. (feed)
What's the problem? The film .................................................... today. (not- show)
Wait a minute please. The dinner ...................................................... for you. (prepare)
Because of the fire children ..................................................... at their classrooms. (not - teach)
I can't use my PC. A new operating system ........................................................... on it. (instal)
The pool is now full of hair because swim caps ................................................. in it. (not - use)
Christmas is coming and much more goods .................................................. in shops. (display)
I'm sorry, it's 10 o'clock. Customers ........................................................ anymore. (not - serve)

Exercise 2 Use the present continuous passive to rewrite these sentences.

I am afraid that somebody else is using my laptop.


I am afraid that my ............................................................................................
They aren't feeding the lions at the moment.
The .............................................................................................. at the moment.
Someone is speaking Spanish in this classroom.
Spanish .......................................................................................... in this classroom.
The red light is on because doctors are operating a patient.
The red light is on because a ..........................................................................
They are putting books on shelves.
Books .................................................................................................... on shelves.
Look, they are killing the ants.
Look, the ............................................................................................................
Can you see that? The policemen are chasing a robber.
Can you see that? A .........................................................................................
I don't know why they aren't cutting the trees today.
I don't know why the .............................................................................. today.
They are writing a test in this lesson.
A ................................................................................................ in this lesson.
They aren't decorating the hall because Sam is ill.
The ........................................................................................ because Sam is ill.

Exercise 3
Use these words to make sentences in the present continuous passive.
make | at the moment | your coffee
.......................................................................................................................................................
by cars | nowadays | big cities | block
.......................................................................................................................................................
grow | in the garden | flowers | now
.......................................................................................................................................................
right now | in prison | keep | the man
.......................................................................................................................................................
much pollute | by smoke | air | at this time of the year
.......................................................................................................................................................
cut down | just now | on this planet | millions of trees
.......................................................................................................................................................
use | for this shot | a different camera
.......................................................................................................................................................
in the cinema | today | show | two films
.......................................................................................................................................................
the economy | by consumer spending | this year | drive
.......................................................................................................................................................
do | about it | these days | nothing
.......................................................................................................................................................

Exercise 5
Make questions in the present continuous passive to complete the conversations.
Use the words in brackets.
A: The entrance hall at the railway station is closed.
B: Why? ...................................................................? (it - reconstruct)
A: Why .................................................................... off the ground? (the car - lift)
B: Because it must be towed away.
A: Our house has been burgled three times this month!
B: Really? ................................................................ by the police now? (it - guard)
A: All the main roads in our town are in bad condition.
B: How much .......................................................... on the roads this year? (money - spend)
A: We'll have a new theatre till the end of this year.
B: By the way, why .....................................................................? (the old theatre - pull down)
A: Oh, no! ............................................................................. again? (this film - show)
B: Do you mean it? We watched it last week.
A: Why ...............................................................................................? (all the trees - cut down)
B: Because they are too old.
A: Excuse me. ...........................................................................? (my parcel - deliver)
B: Yes, it is. It will arrive in the afternoon.
A: They aren't playing anymore.
B: Why? ...................................................................... off the field? (the injured player - carry)
A: Where ...................................................................... now? (our valuables - keep)
B: In a hotel safe.

Exercise on Passive Voice - Present Progressive


Rewrite the sentences in passive voice.

Sheila is drinking a cup of tea. - A cup of tea is being drunk by Sheila.


 My father is washing the car. -
 Farmer Joe is milking the cows. -
 She is taking a picture of him. -
 I am writing a poem. -
 We are not playing football. -
 He is not wearing a tie. -
 Is she preparing the party? -
 Are they talking about the meeting? -
 Is she watering the flowers? –
1. The cat is tearing the new book.

2. Is the agent chasing the criminal?

3. We are collecting the donations at the moment.

4. They are washing my car now.

5. Mr. Barber is handing out the exam papers.

6. Who is checking the passports?

7. GPS is calculating the route to your destination.