English Grammar Exercises for A2 – The passive (present perfect and future)

1. Put the words in order to make sentences in the present perfect passive.

novels / been / Harry Potter / published / seven / have

 Seven Harry Potter novels have been published.

stolen / phone / your / has / been / ?

 ________

haven’t / chocolates / been / these / opened

 ________

murderer / never / found / has / the / been

 ________

nose / been / his / three / has / times / broken

 ________

repaired / been / your / has / car / ?

 ________

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2 Has your phone been stolen?

3 These chocolates haven’t been opened.

4 The murderer has never been found.

5 His nose has been broken three times.

6 Has your car been repaired?

2. Complete the scene from a play. Use the present perfect passive form of the verbs in brackets.

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Dr Kraven Oh no! apartment 1 __has been burgled__ (burgle).

Eloise        How did they get in?

Dr Kraven Through the window. Look. The glass 2 _____ (break).

Eloise        They’ve made a terrible mess! 3 _____ anything ________ (steal)?

Dr Kraven Yes. Two notebooks 4 _____ (take) from desk. But look – credit cards 5 _____ (not touch). The thieves knew what they wanted. Those notebooks contain top secret information.

Eloise       We must find them!

Dr Kraven It’s too late. I’m sure the notebooks 6 _____ (read) by now.

Eloise       Who committed the robbery?

Dr Kraven Henderson, I expect.

Eloise       Kurt Henderson? But he 7 _____ (not see) here for years.

Dr Kraven Maybe not. But I know that he 8 _____ (release) from prison. guess is he’s back in town.

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2 has been broken

3 Has, been stolen

4 have been taken

5 haven’t been touched

6 have been read

7 hasn’t been seen

8 has been released

3. Read the invitation. Then look at the prompts and write sentences in the future passive. Include the time or place mentioned on the invitation.

You are invited to attend

The Nineteenth Literature Awards Night

at the Dorchester Hotel on 17th January (on television 18th January)

6.00 p.m. Welcome

6.30 p.m. Champagne Reception

7.30 p.m. Dinner    9.00 p.m. Prizes

Photographs in the ballroom

1   (welcome guests)

 Guests will be welcomed at 6.00 p.m.

2   (hold a champagne reception)

 ________

3   (serve dinner)

 ________

4   (award prizes)

 ________

5   (take photographs)

 ________

6   (show the event on TV)

__________________

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A champagne reception will be held at 6.30 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 7.30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded at 9.00 p.m.

Photographs will be taken in the ballroom.

The event will be shown on TV on 18th January.

Challenge!

Complete the text with the passive form of the verbs in brackets. Use the best tense for each verb: past simple, present simple, present perfect or future.

Secret codes 1 __have been used__ (use) for thousands of years, from ancient times to the present day. And many books 2 _____ (write) about them – for example, Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, which 3 _____ (publish) in 2003. The book 4 _____ (read) by about 80 million people and in 2006, it 5 _____ (make) into a film.

The world’s first computer programs 6 _____ (use) to break German codes during World War II. Today, the best codes 7 _____ (make) using extremely large numbers, and even the fastest computers in the world can’t break them.

However, most computer scientists believe that in the future, a new kind of computer 8 _____ (build): a quantum computer. The strongest codes that we have today 9 _____ (break) easily by this computer.

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have been written

was published

has been read

was made

were used

are made

will be built

will be broken