Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3

Read the rules

I was offered… / we were given… etc.

Some verbs can have two objects. For example, give:

  • Somebody gave the police (object 1) the information (object 2).
    (= Somebody gave the information to the police)

So it is possible to make two passive sentences:

  • The police were given the information.

or The information was given to the police.

Other verbs which can have two objects are:

ask, offer, pay, show, teach, tell

When we use these verbs in the passive, most often we begin with the person:

1. I was offered the job, but I refused it. (= they offered me the job)

2. You will be given plenty of time to decide. (= we will give you plenty of time)

3. Have you been shown the new machine? (= has anybody shown you?)

4. The men were paid £400 to do the work. (= somebody paid the men £400)

Read the rules

I don’t like being…

The passive of doing/seeing etc. is being done / being seen etc. Compare:

active: I don’t like people telling me what to do.

passive: I don’t like being told what to do.

1. I remember being taken to the zoo when I was a child.

(= I remember somebody taking me to the zoo)

2. Steve hates being kept waiting. (= he hates people keeping him waiting)

3. We managed to climb over the wall without being seen. (= without anybody seeing us)

Read the rules

I was born…

We say «I was born…» (not I am born):

1. I was born in Chicago. (past)

2. Where were you born? (not Where are you born?) (past)


How many babies are born every day? (present)

Read the rules

You can use get instead of be in the passive:

1. There was a fight at the party, but nobody got hurt. (= nobody was hurt)

2. I don’t often get invited to parties. (= I’m not often invited)

3. I’m surprised Liz didn’t get offered the job. (= Liz wasn’t offered the job)

You can use get only when things happen. For example, you cannot use get in the following sentences:

1. Jill is liked by everybody. (not gets liked — this is not a «happening»)

2. He was a mystery man. Very little was known about him. (not got known)

We use get mainly in informal spoken English. You can use be in all situations.

We also use get in the following expressions (which are not passive in meaning):

  • get married, get divorced
  • get lost (= not know where you are)
  • get dressed (= put on your clothes)
  • get changed (= change your clothes)


Write these sentences in another way, beginning in the way shown


Complete the sentences using being + the following verbs (in the correct form):

Walt Disney

Use the construction ‘be born’ and complete the gaps with it in the Past Simple

Complete the sentences using get/got + the following verbs (in the correct form):

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • I was offered... / we were given...
  • I don't like being...
  • I was born...
  • Get
  • Another way
  • Being
  • Walt Disney
  • Get / got
  • Homework
  1. 1. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|1. I am doing and I do
  2. 2. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do
  3. 3. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|3. I did
  4. 4. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|4. I was doing
  5. 5. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|5. I have done
  6. 6. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|6. I have done 2
  7. 7. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|7. I have been doing
  8. 8. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|8. I've been doing / I've done
  9. 9. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|9. How long have you (been)...?
  10. 10. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|10. For/since; When/How long?
  11. 11. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|11. I have done and I did
  12. 12. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|12. I have done and I did 2
  13. 13. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|13. I had done
  14. 14. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|14. I had been doing
  15. 15. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|15. The future: I am doing / I do
  16. 16. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|16. I will and I'm going to
  17. 17. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|17. Future: Continuous/Perfect
  18. 18. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|18. Conditional I
  19. 19. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|19. Can, could and (be) able to
  20. 20. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|20. Have to and must
  21. 21. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|21. If I do... and If I did...
  22. 22. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|22. If I knew... I wish I knew...
  23. 23. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|23. Conditional III
  24. 24. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|24. Wish
  25. 25. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|25. Is done / was done
  26. 26. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|26. Be/been/being + done
  27. 27. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3
  28. 28. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|28. Passive: He is said to...
  29. 29. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|29. Have something done
  30. 30. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|30. He said that...
  31. 31. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|31. Say and Tell
  32. 32. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?
  33. 33. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|33. Auxiliary verbs; so/neither
  34. 34. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|34. Do you? Isn't it? etc.
  35. 35. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|35. Gerund
  36. 36. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive
  37. 37. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|37. Verb + Object + to Infinitive
  38. 38. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|38. -ing or to: change in meaning
  39. 39. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|39. Try/Need/Help: -ing or to
  40. 40. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|40. Like / Would like: -ing or to
  41. 41. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|41. Some/any/no/none
  42. 42. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|42. Much/many/few/little
  43. 43. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|43. Both/either/neither/all/every