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Practice in Changing Verbs From Passive to Active

A Sentence-Revision Exercise

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In this exercise, you will practice changing verbs from the passive voice to the active voice by turning the subject of a passive verb into the direct object of an active verb.

Instructions:

Revise each of the following sentences by changing the verb from the passive voice to the active voice. Here is an example:
Original sentence:
The city was nearly destroyed by the hurricane.

Revised sentence:
The hurricane nearly destroyed the city.
When you're done, compare your revised sentences with those on page two.

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  1. The school was struck by lightning.

  2. This morning the burglar was arrested by the police.

  3. One type of air pollution is caused by hydrocarbons.

  4. An elaborate supper for the miners was prepared by Mr. Patel and his children.

  5. The cookies were stolen by the Mad Hatter.

  6. New York City's Central Park was designed in 1857 by F.L. Olmsted and Calbert Vaux.

  7. It was decided by the court that the contract was invalid.

  8. The first commercially successful portable vacuum cleaner was invented by a janitor who was allergic to dust.

  9. After Leonardo da Vinci's death, the Mona Lisa was purchased by King Francis I of France.

  10. The allegorical novel Animal Farm was written by British author George Orwell during World War II.

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