Passive tense exercises and grammar games

: Use this program and exercises to practice the passive tense. These are vocabulary activities and students can practice spelling the past participle of 12 different verbs, some regular past participles and irregular past participles as well. These are some listening exercises and 3 different grammar practice games to solidify the target language.



This game focuses on passive tense sentences with four main sections. There are vocabulary practice games and past participle spelling exercises. Then, there are some games for conversation practice and games for listening practice. The question and answer activities are associated with the Kids ESL curriculum from MES English - Unit 15.

The questions and answers for this game are as follows.

  • A: What happened to him?
  • B: He was scratched.
  • A: Was he stung by the bees?
  • B: Yes, he was./No, he wasn't.
  • A: What happened?
  • B: He was bitten by the dog.
  • A: Was he run over?
  • B: Yes, he was./No, he wasn't.

Other notes:

  • The English passive tense is used when the active agent is unknown or not important. For that reason 'by ...' is generally not used. If the agent is important to the meaning, English prefers the active sentence structure. However, since this is passive tense practice, there is some use of 'by ...' and solidification of its use in the grammar practice sections.
  • With the question, 'What happened to ...?' there is emphasis on being able to use 'to ...' For the listening and vocabulary games, it's present, but shouldn't affect the students ability to understand and complete the exercises.
  • These exercises only use the 3rd person past tense, 'He was hit.'/'Was he hit?'/'He wasn't hit.'
  • The audio wil read the full sentence, but the spelling section will only accept the past participle or 'be + past participle'

For teaching materials to match this game check out the links below:


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