Passive voice and Nominalizations Exercises
Underline and then eliminate nominalizations; circle passive voice and make them active.
1. When people are having conversations, assumptions are made about facts.
2. We are going to eat our dessert after our plates are clean.
3. Our students here at Woodward School always wait their turns.
4. The purse was empty so the girls threw it away.
5. After the purse had been emptied, Sarah and Jessica threw it away.
6. The blueberry pie was devoured by the boys.
7. The girl’s screams of joy could be heard all the way down the block.
8. Since Jim’s bicycle was blocked, he gave up trying to take it home and instead jumped on the bus.
9. Out the back window of the bus, they watched the demolition of the car; then turned their attention back to their ice cream cones.
10. When Gandi was asked what he thought about Western Civilization, he said it was a good idea and we ought to try it sometime.