Read this letter from Maurice, who is on holiday in Britain, to his sister Sally in New Zealand. Put the verbs in a suitable tense, active or passive.

Dear Sally,

How are you? We've been having a lovely time. We're being very well looked after by our hosts. We (1) (take) sightseeing and we (2)  (introduce) to some of their friends, who (3)  (make) us feel very welcome. Last night we(4)  (show) round a cattle, by the owner! Most of the land in this area (5) (belong) to his family for about five hundred years. Apparently, the land (6) (give) them after one of his ancestors (7) (kill) while trying to save the king's life. Quite romantic, isn't it?

The castle itself was a little bit disappointing, to be absolutely honest. The owner told us that it (8) (suffer) serious damage during a fire about thirty years ago. When it (9) (restore) they (10) (add) central heating and things like that. So once you're inside (11) (not feel) much, different to any other large, old house. But the owner is a real character. He told us lots of stories about things that (12) (happen) to him when he was young. He (13) (send) abroad to work in a bank, but he hated it, so he (14) (behave) very badly in order to (15) (sack). He kept us laughing for hours. I hope he (16)  (invite) here before we leave.

I'll have lots more to tell you when we get back. Take care.

Yours affectionately,



Read the following statements and say whether they are true or false.

The passive voice is made up with the help of the auxiliary verb to have.

True. False.

The passive is used when one wants to emphasize the event and not the person who did the action.

True. False.

Verbs like to believe, to think, to say have no passive forms.

True. False.

One uses the verb get instead of be when he wants to express something unpleasant or sudden.

True. False.

The verb to be has no passive form.

True. False.

by Dragoș-Stelian Olteanu


8th Grade