Upper Intermediate Level >> Grammar Worksheets >> In informal English, "get" is often used to construct passive sentences. But it's not always possible. This worksheet helps students figure out when it is possible.

Passive Using "Get"

Upper Intermediate

In English, the passive can always be made using the verb "to be". In informal English, "get" is also often used to construct passive sentences. But it's not always possible.


That tree was/got blown over in the storm last night.
This criminal is known to police in five different countries. (gets known isn't possible here.)

For each sentence, use the passive with "get" whenever possible.

1. I don't know why this class is always so dirty. It __________ (clean) every morning.

2. The murder suspect told the police a complicated alibi but it __________ (believe) by them and he was charged with the murder.

3. "Whose is that computer in the corner of the office?" "I don't know - it __________ (never use) by anyone."

4. When foreign films are dubbed into English, usually a lot of the original meaning __________ (lose) in the translation.

5. Humans __________ (think) to have originated in the east of Africa.

6. If my car __________ (damage) by you, you will pay for the repairs.

7. Glenn Miller __________ (kill) in an aircrash in England in the 1940s.

8. When I am older, I __________ (know) as a famous scientist.

9. The films of Charlie Chaplin __________ (love) all over the world.

10. The new factory will open next July and the company says that over 250 employees __________ (want) initially.

11. Did you hear that Jane ___________ (promote) to a management position at work! What great news.

12. __________ (pay) for a job you enjoy doing must be the definition of a happy life!

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