1. Complete the sentences with the passive form of the bold verbs. Use the tense in brackets.
1 TV (watch) by billions of people around the world. (present simple)
2 Little Britain (vote) the best TV comedy in the UK. (present perfect)
3 Most TV shows (not record) in front of a live audience. (present simple)
4 A new drama seriesfor Channel 4 (film) this month. (present continuous)
5 ‘The TV’s broken!’ ‘Don’t be silly! It (not switch on) yet!’ (present perfect)
2. Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentences.
1 The World Cup ______ on TV channels around the world.
A were shown B had been shown C was shown
2 When I got home, my favourite programme ________by my mum.
A had already been recorded B had already recorded C was already been recorded
3 When he went into his class, a soap opera story ________.
A was been discussed B was discussing C was being discussed
4 The last series of Big Brother ________ by as many people as the previous one.
A hasn’t been watched B wasn’twatched C wasn’t been watched
3. Choose the correct alternatives to complete the text.
This century, childhood (1) has been altered / has altered considerably by technology. According to a recent report, four year olds (2) are spent / spend nearly four hours a day in front of the TV. So should we be worried? Parents sometimes worry that children (3) will be harmed / will harmby new forms of entertainment. For example, when cinemas (4) were built / built for the first time, parents (5) were protested / protested outside them! However, most people think that children (6) should be encouraged / should encourage to do a variety of activities.
4. Which of these sentences need by+agent?
1 A new drama series has been produced (by Telecinco).
2Thousands of soaps will be watched (by people) this week.
3 Digital TVs are made (by Sony).
4 Soap operas are broadcast (by different companies) on the radio as well as on TV.
5 Yo Soy Bea was written (by Fernando Gaitán).
5. Change these sentences from active to passive. Use by+agent where necessary.
1 Hundreds of people phoned the TV studios after the show.The TV studios…
2 People are writing a drama series for Channel 5. A drama series…
3 They have invented a tiny pocket TV. A tiny pocket TV…
4 channel 5 will launch a new digital TV channel next year. A new digital TV channel…
6. Rewrite sentences without changing the meaning. Use active or passive verb forms.
1 A road accident involving a well-known TVpresenter has been reported by witnesses. Witnesses…
2 A local man took him to hospital. He…
3 They couldn’t find the other driver. The other driver…
4 The area was being searched by police this morning. Police…
POWER pg. 72-73
1. Rewrite the Passive verbs in bold in these sentences with contractions.
1 It is produced in France. __________________2 He was not released from prison for many years. _____________________
3 They have been telephoned. _______________________
4 I have not been invited. ___________________________
5 By the time she had been offered a new job. _____________________
6 They are made in Spain. _________________________
7 You will not be paid any more._________________________
8 We will be met at the airport. _________________________
9 They were not questioned inmediately. _________________________
10 He had not been told in advance. _________________________
2. Mark these sentences with A (active) or P (passive).
1. He’d been sent abroad by that time. ____
2. I was sure that I’d seen her before. ____...