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13. Special passive structures

- Practice

A I was given ... (1)

Zedco managers are writing a report saying how well the company looks after its employees.
Write sentences from the notes. Put the important
underlined information at the end of the sentence.

  • useful work skills / they are taught to our staff

Our staff are taught useful work skills .

  • people with initiative / they are given opportunities

Opportunities are given to people with initiative.
1. special training / it is given to new employees
2. staff
who perform well / they are given extra payments
3. company
shares / they are offered to most employees
4. six
weeks' holiday / this is allowed to all Zedco staff
5. women who leave to have children / they are paid a full salary

B It is said that ... (2)

Report these rumours. Instead of the active (e.g. People say ...) use the passive (e.g. It is said that ...).


It is said that the quiz champion Claude

Jennings has lost his memory.



_______________________________
_______________________________



_______________________________
_______________________________



_______________________________
_______________________________

C He is said to ... (3)

Now report the rumours in Exercise B like this.

The quiz champion Claude Jennings is said to have lost his memory.

1. The soap opera 'Round the Corner'.
2. _______________________________.
3. _______________________________.

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