B- Rephrase the sentences in two ways. Omit unimportant agents. A- Rephrase the following sentences by means of the passive. Only include important agents. 1. Their mother read them another story. - 1. Millions of people have bought today’s special edition. _______________________________ 2. They will open a new online shop this week. _______________________________ 3. My students have written some of the best essays. _______________________________ 4. Everybody can visit the exhibition from 9 am to 4 pm. _______________________________ 5. Hundreds of millions of people use social networks. _______________________________ 6. We will finish the work by noon. _______________________________ 7. he didn’t pay the bill on time. _______________________________ 8. They have pulled down the old cinema. _______________________________ 9. People were thinking about all possibilities. _______________________________ 10. They build that house on sandy soil. _______________________________ 11. The government must deal with the problem of unemployment. _______________________________ 12. The student’s parents have closed the school. _______________________________ 13. The doctor ordered me to take some rest. _______________________________ 14. They hadn’t made any plans. _______________________________ 15. The central Hospital staff are treating the victims of the accident. _______________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ 2. Someone handed the judge a document. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ 3. He has served us a wonderful meal. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ 4. They haven’t sent me the message. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ 5. I will give him a birthday present. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ 6. They are showing her the photos. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ C- Rewrite the sentences in the active. When you don’t have a subject use they. 1. We weren’t told that there was a strike. ____________________________________ 2. I have been woken up by a strange noise. ____________________________________ 3. Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare. ____________________________________ 4. A lot of souvenirs are bought by tourists. ____________________________________ 5. He has been taken away by the police. ____________________________________ 6. Their house won’t be sold. ____________________________________ 7. He has been hit by a car. ____________________________________ Answer key A 1. Today’s special edition has been bought by millions of people. 2. A new online shop will be opened this week. 3. Some of the best essays have been written by my students. 4. The exhibition can be visited from 9 am to 4 pm. 5. Social networks are used by hundreds of people. 6. The work will be finished by noon. 7. The bill wasn’t paid on time. 8. The old cinema has been pulled down. 9. All the possibilities were being thought about. 10.That house was built on sandy soil. 11.The problem of unemployment must be dealt with by the government. 12.The school has been closed by the students’ parents. 13.I was ordered by the doctor to take some rest. 14.No travel plans had been made. 15.The victims of the accident are being treated by the Central Hospital staff. B 1. Another story was read to them by their mother. They were read another story by their mother. 2. A difficult question was asked us by the teacher. We were asked a difficult question by the teacher. 3. A wonderful meal has been served to us. We have been served a wonderful meal. 4. The message hasn’t been sent to me. I haven’t been sent the message. 5. A birthday present will be given to him. He will be given a birthday present. 6. The photos are being shown to her. She is being shown the photos. C 1. They didn’t tell us that there was a strike. 2. A strange noise has woken me up. 3. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. 4. Tourists by a lot of souvenirs. 5. The police have taken him away. 6. They won’t sell their house soon. 7. A car has hit him.