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FCE (First Certificate) Passives

Make sure you understand how and when to use passive structures. There is lots more information about each of these in the main grammar pages of this website.

A kind man took us to the airport.

= We were taken to the airport by a kind man.

For more information and practice, look at the passives pages.


We also use passives to report what people think / say.

People believe that chewing gum improves your memory.

= It is believed that chewing gum improves your memory.

= Chewing gum is believed to improve your memory.


Finally, we can make passives with the structure "to have something done".

The hairdresser cut my hair.

= I had my hair cut.

= My hair was cut by the hairdresser.

For more information and practice, look at the get/have something done pages.



Practice 1

In the FCE exam, you might get questions for this in part 2 (open cloze). Choose the best word to complete these sentences.


  1. I've my kitchen decorated.
  2. Tomatoes are thought be a fruit.
  3. is claimed that violent crime is increasing.
  4. I think I was followed as I walked home from work last night.
  5. Cosmetics have tested on animals for many years now.



Practice 2

You might also get this tested in the Key Transformations. Rewrite these sentences using 2-5 words. Be very careful that you keep the tenses the same!!!


People have known that smoking causes cancer for many years.

It smoking is unhealthy for many years. (been)

Smoking unhealthy for many years. (be)


I need someone to test my eyesight as soon as possible.

My eyesight as soon as possible. (tested)

I need tested. have



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