Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Grammartalk 10, Page One - Passive Voice



1.
A: Time magazine is read by many people.
B: Where is it sold?
A: It’s sold at many newsstands.
B: Is it translated into many languages?
A: Yes, it is. And it is published every two weeks.
B: Many news stories are written for Time magazine.
2.
A: Soccer is played by millions of people.
B: Players are not allowed to use their hands, except the goalie.
A: The ball is controlled by the feet, head, and body.
B: How often are the World Cup games held?
A: They are held every four years. The best teams in the world compete.
3.
A: In The U.S, soccer is not as popular as in other countries.
B: Yes. American football is more popular.
A: Heavy equipment is worn by players.
B: The ball is passed by the quarterback.
A: The ball carriers are tackled. They’re often injured in this rough game.
B: American football is televised. It is watched by many people.
4.
A: Has my car been repaired yet?
B: Not yet. It’s being repaired right now.
A: Exactly what is being done to my car?
B: The brakes are being adjusted.
A: Is the oil filter being replaced?
B: Yes, it is. And the tires are being rotated.
5.
A: You’d better work faster. You’re being watched.
B: I’m being watched? What about you?
A: Yes. All of the workers are being videotaped now.
B: I don’t want to be watched while I work.
A: This factory is being evaluated now.
B: Evaluated? I hope they don’t close it. I don’t want to lose this job.
6.
A: When was the Golden Gate Bridge constructed?
B: It was built in the 1930s.
A: Who designed the Golden Gate Bridge?
B: It was designed by Joseph B. Strauss.
A: When was the bridge completed?
B: It was completed in 1937. It was opened for traffic on May 28th of that year.
7.
A: These are good photographs of you.
B: Do you really think so? They were taken in the rain.
A: Who took these photographs?
B: They were taken by my aunt Sophie.
A: Where were they developed?
B: They were developed at Walgreen’s Pharmacy.
8.
A: What’s your favorite movie?
B: My favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
A: Who directed it?
B: It was directed by Frank Capra.
A: When was that movie made?
B: It was made in 1947. It wasn’t given a very good review when it came out.
9.
A: Who composed that beautiful sonata?
B: It was composed by Beethoven.
A: Who wrote the novel “The Sun Also Rises?”
B: It was written by Ernest Hemingway.
A: That’s a great building. Who designed it?
B: It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
10.
A: Who invented the telephone?
B: It was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.
A: Who flew the first airplane?
B: The first airplane was flown by the Wright Brothers.
A: What San Francisco landmark was named one of the “Seven Wonders of The World?”
B: The Golden Gate Bridge was named one of the “Seven Wonders of The World.”

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