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Common mistakes

This section covers some common mistakes made when using passive verbs. A variety of examples are provided for students to analyse.

Have you got a piece of your own writing handy? Are you making any of these common mistakes?

You don't check to make sure you have formed the passive correctly.

Use the table 'Active and Passive at a Glance' to help you decide whether the passive has been formed correctly in these sentences.


The most common mistakes with forming the passive are:

  • Leaving off the -ed where the verb is regular (Sentence 1).
  • Using an incorrect past participle when the verb is irregular (Sentence 2).
  • Using the wrong form of the verb be or leaving it out altogether (Sentence 4).
  • Forgetting to change the verb from singular to plural or plural to singular when the subject of the sentence changes (Sentence 6).