Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 6, 2011

THE PASSIVE

THE PASSIVE

1. The police arrested two men.

                                                                                                                            

2. They deliver groceries for free at Tesco.

                                                                                                                            

3. The Argentineans beat Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López last Saturday.

                                                                                                                            

4. They are evacuating Koblenz after a Second World War bomb was discovered in the Rhine River last week.

                                                                                                                            

5. They will defuse the bomb as soon as possible.

                                                                                                                            

6. They found the bomb after after the Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

                                                                                                                            

7. They will release Robert Redford’s The Conspirator soon.

                                                                                                                            

8. Angela Merkel and Sarkozy are discussing tax policy in Paris at the moment.

                                                                                                                            

9. They have announced the suspension of Herman Cain’s campaign for the U.S.

Republican presidential nomination.

                                                                                                                            

10. The press accuse Cain of infidelity and sexual harassment.

                                                                                                                            

11. They have convicted Michael Jackson’s doctor of involuntary manslaughter.

                                                                                                                            

12. Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi have made a public vow to work together.

                                                                                                                            

THE PASSIVE – TWO OBJECTS

  1. They have awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to Tomas Tranströmer.

                                                                                                                            

2. After President Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s talks, they will present other European leaders a blueprint [1]at a Brussels summit at the end of the week.

                                                                                                                            

3. The police sent the terrorists’ photos to all police stations.

                                                                                                                            

4. China has given two giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo.

                                                                                                                            

5. The president sent a congratulation letter to the new chancellor yesterday.

                                                                                                                            

 

REPORTING IN THE PASSIVE

1. They say that one in five ballerinas at La Scala is anorexic.

                                                                                                                            

2. The press reports that a million Britons emigrated to Spain in the last twenty years in search of the good life.

                                                                                                                            

3. Scientists believe that the ice cap is shrinking to an area one million square miles more than normal.

                                                                                                                            

4. Journalists rumour that Kate Middleton is pregnant.

                                                                                                                            

5. People think that the Chinese invented pasta.

                                                                                                                            

6. They think Marco Polo brought pasta to Europe.

                                                                                                                            

7. Scientists know that sodium is one of the factors in the development of high blood pressure.

                                                                                                                            

8. People in France consider that the Dukan Diet is the most effective diet plan.

                                                                                                                            

9. However, The British Dietetics [2]Association has claimed that the Dukan Diet is confusing, rigid and has absolutely no solid science behind it.

                                                                                                                            

10. A straw poll [3]claims that people will spend an average of £112.50 on Christmas presents for each of their children.

                                                                                                                            


[1] Blueprint: an early plan or design which explains how something might be achieved.

[2]  Dietetics: /dʌɪəˈtetɪks/

[3]Straw poll:  an unofficial vote which is taken to discover what people think about an idea or problem or how they intend to vote in an election. Sondeo de opinion.

KEY THE PASSIVE

1. The police arrested two men.

Two men were arrested (by the police).   

2. They deliver groceries for free at Tesco.

Groceries are delivered for free at Tesco.      

3. The Argentineans beat Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López last Saturday.

Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López were beaten by the Argentineans last Saturday.

4. They are evacuating Koblenz after a Second World War bomb was discovered in the Rhine River last week.

Koblenz is being evacuated after a Second World war bomb was discovered in the Rhine River last week.

5. They will defuse the bomb as soon as possible.

The bomb will be defused as soon as possible.

6. They found the bomb after after the Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

The bomb was found after the Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

7. They will release Robert Redford’s The Conspirators soon.

Robert Redford’s  The Conspirators will be released soon.

8. Angela Merkel and Sarkozy are discussing tax policy in Paris at the moment.

Tax policy is being discussed by Angela Merkel and Sarkozy in Paris at the moment.

9. They have announced the suspension of Herman Cain’s campaign for the U.S.

Republican presidential nomination.

The suspension of Herman Cain’s campaign for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination has been announced.   

10. The press accuse Cain of infidelity and sexual harassment.

Cain is accused (by the press) of inidelity and sexual harassment.

11. They have convicted Michael Jackson’s doctor of involuntary manslaughter.

Michael Jackson’s doctor has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

12. Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi have made a public vow to work together.

A public vow has been made by Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi to work together.

THE PASSIVE – TWO OBJECTS

  1. They have awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to Tomas Tranströmer.

The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Tomas Tranströmer.

Tomas Tranströmer has been awarde the Nobel Prize for Literature.

2. After President Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s talks, they will present other European leaders a blueprint [1]at a Brussels summit at the end of the week.

After President Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s talks, a blueprint will be presented to other European leaders at a summit at the end of the week.

After President Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s talks, other European leaders will be presented a blueprint at a Brussels summit at the end of the week.

3. The police sent the terrorists’ photos to all police stations.

The terrorists’ photos were sent to all police stations.

All police stations were sent the terrorists’ photos.

4. China has given two giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo.

Two giant Pandas have been given to Edinburgh Zoo.

Edinburgh Zoo has been given two giant pandas.

5. The president sent a congratulation letter to the new chancellor yesterday.

A congratulation letter was sent to the new chancellor yesterday.

The new chancellor was sent a congratulation letter yesterday.

 

REPORTING IN THE PASSIVE

1. They say that one in five ballerinas at La Scala is anorexic.

It is said that one in five ballerinas at La Scala is anorexic.

One in five ballerinas at La Scala is said to be anorexic.

2. The press reports that a million Britons emigrated to Spain in the last twenty years in search of the good life.

It is reported that a million Britons emigrated to Spain in the last twenty years in search of the good life.

A million Britonsare reported to have emigrated to Spain in the last twenty years in search of the good life.

3. Scientists believe that the ice cap is shrinking to an area one million square miles more than normal.

It is believed that the ice cap is shrinking to an area one million square miles more than normal.

The ice cap is believed to be shrinking to an area one million square miles more than normal.

4. Journalists rumour that Kate Middleton is pregnant.

It is rumoured that that Kate Middleton is pregnant.

Kate Middleton is rumoured to be pregnant.

5. People think that the Chinese invented pasta.

It is thought that the Chinese invented pasta.

The Chinese are thought to have invented pasta.

6. They think Marco Polo brought pasta to Europe.

It is thought that Marco Polo brought pasta to Europe.

Pasta is thought to have been brought to Europe.

7. Scientists know that sodium is one of the factors in the development of high blood pressure.

It is known that sodium is one of the factors in the development of high blood pressure.

Sodium is known to be one of the factors in the development of high blood pressure.

8. People in France consider that the Dukan Diet is the most effective diet plan.

It is considered (by people in France / in France) that the Dukan diet is the most effective diet plan.

The Dukan diet is considered to be the most effective diet plan in France.

9. However, The British Dietetics [2]Association has claimed that the Dukan Diet is confusing, rigid and has absolutely no solid science behind it.

However, it has been claimed by the British DieteticsAssociation that the Dukan Diet is confusing, rigid and has absolutely no solid science behind it.

The Dukan diet has been claimed (by the British Dietetics Association)  to be confusing, rigid, and to have no solid science behind it.

10. A straw poll [3]claims that people will spend an average of £112.50 on Christmas presents for each of their children.

It is claimed (by a straw poll) that people will spend an average of £112.50 on Christmas presents for each of their children.

People are claimed to spend an average of £112.50 on Christmas presents for each of their children.

An average of £112.50 is claimed to be spent on Christmas presents for each of their children.


[1] Blueprint: an early plan or design which explains how something might be achieved.

[2]  Dietetics: /dʌɪəˈtetɪks/

[3]Straw poll:  an unofficial vote which is taken to discover what people think about an idea or problem or how they intend to vote in an election. Sondeo de opinion.

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