Active to passive

esercizio con la forma passiva
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Cambia le frasi qui sotto dalla forma attiva alla forma passiva. Dove c’è un complemento di termine in grassetto, usalo come soggetto della frase passiva invece del complemento oggetto.

  1. We only use this room on special occasions.
  2. They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day.
  3. Students are doing a lot of the work.
  4. Are they pulling down the old theatre?
  5. They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
  6. Lightning hit the old oak tree.
  7. They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
  8. Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
  9. Will they give us a guide?
  10. We will not admit children under sixteen.
  11. Has someone made the sandwiches?
  12. The author has written a special edition for children.
  13. People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
  14. Can children do this kind of work?
  15. They told her what to do.
  16. They showed us to our seats.
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BUON LAVORO!


37 comments

  1. We only use this room on special occasions.
    This room is only used on special occasions.
    They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day.
    The seals at the zoo are feeded twice a day.
    Students are doing a lot of the work.
    A lot of the work is being done by the students
    Are they pulling down the old theatre?
    Is the old theatre being pulled down?
    They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
    The church bells were rang as a flood warning.
    Lightning hit the old oak tree.
    The old oak tree was hit by lightning
    They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
    The windows were being cleaned and the floors were being sweeped.
    Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
    Lottery tickets were being sold at the door.
    Will they give us a guide?
    Will we be given a guide?
    We will not admit children under sixteen.
    Children under sixteen won’t be admitted.
    Has someone made the sandwiches?
    Have the sandwiches been made?
    The author has written a special edition for children.
    A special edition for children has been written by the autor.
    People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
    Bicycles mustn’t be left in the entrance hall.
    Can children do this kind of work?
    CAn this kind of work been done by children?
    They told her what to do.
    She was told what to do.
    They showed us to our seats.
    We were shown to our seats.

  2. Mah… qualche dubbio, mi rimetto alla clemenza della Corte!
    1. We only use this room on special occasions.
    This room is only used by us on special occasions
    2. They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day.
    The seals at the zoo are fed twice a day
    3. Students are doing a lot of the work.
    A lot of the work is being done by students
    4. Are they pulling down the old theatre?
    Is the old theatre being pulled down?
    5. They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
    The church bells were rung as a flood warning
    6. Lightning hit the old oak tree.
    The oald oak tree was hit by lighting
    7. They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
    The windows were being cleaned and the floors were being swept
    8. Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
    Lottery tickets were being sold at the door
    9. Will they give us a guide?
    Will we be given a guide?
    10. We will not admit children under sixteen.
    Children under sixteen will not be admitted
    11. Has someone made the sandwiches?
    Have the sandwiches been made?
    12. The author has written a special edition for children.
    A special edition for children has been written by the author
    13. People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
    Bicycles must not be left in the entrance hall
    14. Can children do this kind of work?
    Can this kind of work be done by children?
    15. They told her what to do.
    She was told what to do
    16. They showed us to our seats.
    We were showed to our seats

    1. Wow! Assolta con formula piena!
      I miei unici commenti sono che nel 1) “by us” è superfluo e non lo metterei, e nel 16) preferisco la versione irregolare “shown”. Tutto qua. Well done. 🙂

      P.S. Hai sudiato il mio articolo prima di fare l’esercizio?

      1. Scoperta! Ho studiato, altrimenti non avrei avuto idea di cosa fare con quei complementi di termine 😄

  3. Hi Prof, sorry I’m late so my guesses are:
    1. We only use this room on special occasions./This room is only used on special occasion.
    2. They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day./ The seals at the zoo are fed twice a day.
    3. Students are doing a lot of the work./ A lot of the work is being done by the studend.
    4. Are they pulling down the old theatre?/ Is the old theatre being pulled down?
    5. They rang the church bells as a flood warning./ The church bells were rung as a flood warning.
    6. Lightning hit the old oak tree. / The old oak tree was hit by a lightning. ( I’ve chosen the past option)
    7. They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors./ The windows were being cleaned and the floors swept.
    8. Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door./ Lottery tickets was being sold at the door.
    9. Will they give us a guide? Will we be given a guide? Will a guide be given to us?
    10. We will not admit children under sixteen./ Children under sixteen won’t be admitted by us.
    11. Has someone made the sandwiches?/ The sandwiches has been made
    12. The author has written a special edition for children./ A special edition for children has been written by the author.
    13. People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall./ Bicycles are not allowed in the entrance hall.
    14. Can children do this kind of work? / Can this kind of work be done by children?
    15. They told her what to do./ She was told what to do./ what to be done was told her. (I’m not sure about the latter)
    16. They showed us to our seats./ We were showed to our own seats. (I’m not sure about the preposition “to” in the passive).

    1. 6. hit by lightning (senza articolo) – non c’erano opzioni al “past”
      8. were being sold
      9. serviva “we” come soggetto
      10. senza “by us”
      11. è plurale ed interrogativo
      13. volevo la forma utilizzando “must” e “left” come nella frase originale
      15. the first version is good
      16. good, but “shown”

      1. Ok Prof, but in the 9th I’ve put “we”, the 11th would be “have the sandwiches been made?” the 13th would be ” Bicycles mustn’t be left in the entrance hall” and the 16th I didn’t know when I have to use shown and when showed as Past Participle, have they a different meaning in their different usage?

        1. Sorry, Toni I didn’t see in 9) that you wrote two versions. Ok the first one is good then.
          11) and 13) are good now as well.
          16) I prefer “shown” as the past participle but I guess you can say “showed” if you insist! 😂 It’s one of those verbs that are “shifting” from being irregular to being regular (learnt/learned; burnt/burned) but that still sound better in their irregular form in my view. Maybe I’ll change my mind in 100 years time. 😉

          1. I hope that for you Prof haha, now I’ve only asked for that distinction since I’ve learnt there are some verb which act like that, such as to lie.

            1. I’m not sure about “to lie” What have you heard?
              to lie (mentire) – lied – lied (regolare)
              to lie (giacere, sdraiarsi) – lay – lain (irregolare)

              1. Yeah Prof, it changes its past and pp form based on its meaning and also to wind/winded/winded and wind/wound/wound is pretty the same, although Prof, I have to say that in the case of the latter is only with the written case in the spoken languages there are two different verbs with different pronunciation. But maybe this discussion is not pertinent here.Thanks for all Prof

  4. 1. This room is used only on special occasions.
    2. The seals are fed at the zoo twice a day.
    3. A lot of the work is being done by students.
    4. The old theatre is being pulled down?
    5. The church bells were rung as a flood warning.
    6. The old oak tree was hit by lightning.
    7. The windows were being cleaned and the floors were being swept.
    8. Lottery tickets were being sold at the door.
    9. Will we be given a guide?
    10. Children under sixteen will not be admitted.
    11. Have the sandwiches been made?
    12. A special edition for children has been written by the author.
    13. Bicycles mustn’t be left in the entrance hall.
    14. Can this kind of work be done by children?
    15. She was told what to do.
    16. We were shown to our seats.

  5. 1. We only use this room on special occasions.
    2. They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day.
    3. Students are doing a lot of the work.
    4. Are they pulling down the old theatre?
    5. They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
    6. Lightning hit the old oak tree.
    7. They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
    8. Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
    9. Will they give us a guide?
    10. We will not admit children under sixteen.
    11. Has someone made the sandwiches?
    12. The author has written a special edition for children.
    13. People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
    14. Can children do this kind of work?
    15. They told her what to do.
    16. They showed us to our seats.

    1. This room of special occasion is the only one used.
    2. The seals at the zoo are fed twice a day.
    3. A lot of the work is being done.
    4. The old theatre is being pulled down.
    5. The church bells were rung as a flood warning.
    6. The old oak tree was hit (by a lightning).
    7. The windows were being cleaned and the floor was being swept.
    8. Lottery tickets were being sold at the door.
    9. Will we be given a guide?
    10. Children under sixteen won’t be admitted.
    11. Have the sandwiches been made (by someone)?
    12. A special edition for children has been written.
    13. Bicycles mustn’t be left in the entrance hall.
    14. Can this kind of work be done (by children)?
    15. She was told what to do.
    16. We were shown to our seat.

    1. 1. This room of special occasion is the only one used. ❎
      2. The seals at the zoo are fed twice a day.
      3. A lot of the work is being done __________ . ❎
      4. The old theatre is being pulled down.
      5. The church bells were rung as a flood warning.
      6. The old oak tree was hit (by a lightning). – senza parentesi e senza articolo prima di “lightning”
      7. The windows were being cleaned and the floor was being swept.
      8. Lottery tickets were being sold at the door.
      9. Will we be given a guide?
      10. Children under sixteen won’t be admitted.
      11. Have the sandwiches been made (by someone)? – senza “by someone”)
      12. A special edition for children has been written ____________ . ❎
      13. Bicycles mustn’t be left in the entrance hall.
      14. Can this kind of work be done (by children)? – senza parentesi
      15. She was told what to do.
      16. We were shown to our seat. – “seats”

    2. Here,re my corrections Tony:
      1.This room is used only on special occasions. (sentence structure mistake)
      3. A lot of the work is being done by students.
      11. Have the sandwiches been made?
      12. A special edition for children has been written by the author.
      14. Can this kind of work be done by children?
      16. We were shown to our seats. (lapse mistake)

      A part the first one sentence where the structure was wrong, I didn’t understand why the complement object is needed in some sentences and unneeded in others. I though it wasn’t strictly required. See sentences n. 3,11,12 and 14, above.

      Thanks Tony.

      1. Your answer to Dino:
        “Non è che non hai capito lo scopo dell’esercizio, Dino. Non hai capito quando rimettere e quando non rimettere il soggetto originale della frase attiva”.
        Anch’io non ho capito questo.
        Quando si deve aggiungere e quando no?
        Grazie Tony

      2. Basically, Claudio, the original subject should only be added to the passive form if it actually provides us with some useful information. This is only the case in numbers: 3, 6, 12.

        1. Nella mia lezione sulla forma passiva, Claudio, c’è questo:
          N.B. Non è mai il caso di rimettere nella frase passiva un soggetto vago, inconclusivo o poco informativo del tipo somebody oppure they.

          1. I found out that I forgot to correct the 6th sentence.

            6. The old oak tree was hit by lightning.

  6. We only use this room on special occasions.
    This room is used only on special occasions.

    They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day
    .The seals are feed by they at the zoo twice a day

    Students are doing a lot of the work.
    A lot of the work is done by the students

    Are they pulling down the old theatre?
    Is the old theatre pulled down by they?

    They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
    Have church bells been rung as a flood warning?

    Lightning hit the old oak tree.
    the old oak tree was struck by lightning

    They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
    The windows were cleaned and the floors swept by them

    Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
    Tickets were sold at the door by someone

    Will they give us a guide?
    will we be given a guide?

    We will not admit children under sixteen.
    Children under the age of sixteen will not be admitted

    Has someone made the sandwiches?
    Were the sandwiches made by anyone?

    The author has written a special edition for children.
    A special children’s edition was written by the author.

    People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
    Bicycles must not be left by people at the entrance

    Can children do this kind of work?
    Can this kind of work be done by children?

    They told her what to do.
    her was told by them what to do

    They showed us to our seats.
    to us our seats have been shown by them

    1. Non mi sono accorto dell’errore della prima frase:This room is used only in special occasions by us

      1. Il soggetto originale della frase attiva non va rimesso nella frase passiva a meno che non aggiunge qualche informazione utile. Tieni presente che spesso lo scopo della forma passiva è proprio quello di eliminare il soggetto orignale del tutto!

        1. They feed the seals at the zoo twice a day
          The seals are feed by they at the zoo twice a day. – “are fed” e senza “by them” (che comunque sarebbe “by them”)

          Students are doing a lot of the work.
          A lot of the work is done by the students. – senza articolo prima di “students”

          Are they pulling down the old theatre?
          Is the old theatre pulled down by they? – manca “being”

          They rang the church bells as a flood warning.
          Have church bells been rung as a flood warning? – non è interrogativa ed è past simple

          They were cleaning the windows and sweeping the floors.
          The windows were cleaned and the floors swept by them. – manca “being” e senza “by them”

          Someone was selling lottery tickets at the door.
          Tickets were sold at the door by someone. – manca “being” e senza “by someone”

          Has someone made the sandwiches?
          Were the sandwiches made by anyone? – dev’essere present perfect e senza “by someone”

          The author has written a special edition for children.
          A special children’s edition was written by the author. – dev’essere present perfect

          People must not leave bicycles in the entrance hall.
          Bicycles must not be left by people at the entrance – “in the entrance hall” e senza “by people”

          They told her what to do.
          her was told by them what to do. “She” e non “her” (è soggetto) e senza “by them”

          They showed us to our seats.
          to us our seats have been shown by them. il soggetto dev’essere “we…..”

          1. Chiedo scusa ma allora credo di non aver per nulla capito lo scopo dell’esercizio. Rivedrò la lezione e mi allenerò di nuovo. Grazie Prof

            1. Non è che non hai capito lo scopo dell’esercizio, Dino. Non hai capito quando rimettere e quando non rimettere il soggetto orignale della frase attiva.

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