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Active and Passive Voice of Simple Past Tense

Active and Passive Vice of Simple Past Tense
Active and Passive Voice of Simple Past Tense


We have already talked about active and passive voice of present tenses: simple present, present continuous, present perfect and present perfect continuous tense. In the article below we are going to elaborate active and passive voice of simple past tense. All structure for affirmative, interrogative, negative and negative interrogative sentences are given with examples to be useful for ESL learners. In addition, click Active and Passive Voice Complete Rules, you might find this useful too.

Active and Passive Voice of Simple Past Tense

Affirmatives

  • Active: S + V2 + object + ROTS
    Rahat Fateh Ali sang a beautiful song last year.
  • Passive: S + was/were + V3 + prep + object + ROTS
    A beautiful song was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali last year.

Interrogatives

  • Active: Did + S + V1 + object + ROTS
    Did you buy a grammar book last week?
  • Passive: Was/Were + S + V3 + prep + object + ROTS
    Was a grammar book bought by you last week?

Negatives

  • Active: S + did + not + V1 + object + ROTS
    They did not/didn’t invite us to the party.
  • Passive: S + was/were + not + V3 + prep + object + ROTS
    We were not invited by them to the party.

Negative interrogatives

  • Active: Did not + S + V1 + object + ROTS
    Didn`t they invite you to the party?
  • Passive: Was/Were not + S + V3 + prep + object + ROTS
    Weren`t you invited by them to the party?

WH/Information questions

  • Active: WH + did + S + V1 + object + ROTS
    When did you watch that movie?
  • Passive: WH + was/were + subject + V3 + prep + object + ROTS
    When was that movie watched by you?

More Sentences:

Affirmative:

  • Active: They won the match yesterday
  • Passive: The match was won by them yesterday.

Negative:

  • Active: They didn’t win the match yesterday.
  • Passive: The match was not won by them yesterday.

Interrogative:

  • Active: Did they win the match yesterday?
  • Passive: Was the match won by them yesterday?

Negative interrogative:

  • Active: Didn’t they win the match yesterday?
  • Passive: Wasn’t the match won by them yesterday?

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Conclusion:

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2 comments

Tamanna de November 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Good

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BISMO November 3, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Thank you Tamanna de.

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