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Passive (1)

Aufgabe 1


Put the sentences into the given tense.

  1. Those clothes aren’t made in Europe. (simple past)
  2. Cities are destroyed by earthquakes. (passive infinitive / can)
  3. How are words learnt? (passive infinitive / must)
  4. I’m asked far too many questions. (present perfect) 
  5. Are the exchange students warmly welcomed? (past progressive)
  6. Is this mobile produced here? (past perfect)


  1. Those clothes weren’t made in Europe.
  2. Cities can be destroyed by earthquakes.
  3. How must words be learnt?
  4. I have been asked far too many questions.
  5. Were the exchange students being warmly welcomed?
  6. Had this mobile been produced here?
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12

Aufgabe 2


Active or Passive? Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense and form.

Five people                        (to hurt) in an explosion two days ago. Luckily nobody                         (to kill). The explosion                         (to cause) by a broken gas pipe, which                        (to repair) before the explosion. In Germany most students                         (to learn) English as a first foreign language. As a matter of fact, English                        (can / to understand) all over the world. At my school, English                         (to teach) for ages. Luke would like to go the concert next week, but he                         (not to buy) the tickets yet. He shouldn’t wait too long because I’m sure that they                        (to sell out) soon.


Five people were hurt in an explosion two days ago. Luckily nobody was killed. The explosion was caused by a broken gas pipe, which had been repaired before the explosion. In Germany most students learn English as a first foreign language. As a matter of fact, English can be understood all over the world. At my school, English has been taught for ages. Luke would like to go the concert next week, but he hasn't bought the tickets yet. He shouldn’t wait too long because I’m sure that they will be sold out soon.

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  9

Aufgabe 3



  1. Man kann sich auf ihn leider gar nicht verlassen.
  2. Zum Glück wurde bei dem Unfall niemand verletzt.
  3. Die Zeitungen berichten, dass Hunderte von Menschen in den Fluten zu Tode kamen.
  4. Man hat dem Kind ein Pferd versprochen.
  5. Das Buch wurde von der Klasse mit Begeisterung gelesen.
  6. Der Job wurde Kate angeboten, nicht Mary.


  1. Unfortunately, he can't be relied on at all. 
  2. Luckily, nobody got injured in the accident. 
  3. The newspaper reported that hundreds of people were killed in the floods. 
  4. The child was promised a horse. 
  5. The book was read with enjoyment by all the pupily in class. 
  6. The job was offered to Kate, not to Mary.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6

Aufgabe 4


Read the text. After reading it, answer the following questions: 

  1. What kind of text is it?
  2. What is the text about?
  3. Who is responsible for that text?
  4. Where could you read such a text?
  5. Why is it written? 

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– 300,000 headwords,  
– 40,000 visual elements such as colour photos, charts and diagrams,
– more than 20,000 biographies of important people
fill more than 24,000 pages, so our “Encyclopedia 2013" can be called the biggest encyclopedia ever. With over 125 years of experience and expertise, only the “Encyclopedia 2013” offers its readers an incomparable depth and breadth of various kinds of information. Whether you're up for only a quick access about something that just slipped out of your mind or whether you're interested in detailed articles on almost any imaginable subject, we're here to answer your question! All entries have been thoroughly revised and updated, and more than 30 % of our articles inform you about new technologies, modern innovations and recent inventions in the fields such as nanotechnology and modern genetic research. The 30 volume edition comes with an additional audio-DVD containing high-quality recordings of musical masterpieces, political speeches as well as examples of animal sounds such as the song of the humpback whale etc. 
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  1. This text is an advertisement dor a new encyclopedia, the “Encyclopedia 2013". 
  2. The text is about the advantages of the “Encyclopedia 2013". It tells us a lot of facts about the contents and the size of this new encyclopedia.
  3. The text doesn't name an author, but one can assume that the company which publishes the encyclopedia is responsible for the text. 
  4. A text like that may be published in various kinds of newspapers, magazines or as a leaflet. 
  5. It is written to attract people's attention and to encourage people to buy encyclopedia.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  10

Aufgabe 5


Write a summary of the text in your exercise book.


This text which is headlined "Looking for an answer?" is an advertisement for the so called "Encyclopedia 2013". The readers are given a lot of figures, such as the number of headwords, of visual elements and other contents. The text also mentions the fact that the product is based on year-long experience and expertise and gives two examples of its usefulness: on the one hand, users can get quick access to facts and information, on the other hand detailed information about various subjects is available. 
The next paragraph enumerates the encyclopedia's additional advantages: it contains infomation about recent technologies and innovations as well as an audio-DVD to add even more information. 
And as a conclusion, the text encourages the reader to buy the advertised product. 

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  10
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