Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Passive Christmas Day

A short gapfill exercise to practise the passive


Fill the gaps with passive verbs, using the same tenses as the verbs in the active version. Each of the eight passive tenses is used at least once.

For the purposes of scoring this quiz, do not use contractions. On a couple of occasions you will need to add an extra word to the verb.

Before they go to bed on 24th December, children hang up stockings at the end of their beds. They might also leave out some sherry on the mantelpiece for Santa, together with some cake.
Before children go to bed on 24th December stockings (1) at the end of their beds. Some sherry (2) out on the mantelpiece for Santa, together with some cake.
First thing in the morning, the children open the stockings. These Santa had filled the night before. But the stockings only contain small presents, the main ones come later.
First thing in the morning, the children's stockings (3) . These (4) by Santa the night before. But the stockings only contain small presents, the main ones come later.
Early in the morning Mum, or perhaps Dad, turns on the oven for the turkey. While they are cooking the turkey they start preparing the "trimmings". They will spend most of the morning preparing Christmas dinner.
Early in the morning the oven (5) for the turkey. While the turkey (6) Mum (or Dad) starts preparing the "trimmings". Most of their morning (7) preparing Christmas dinner.
After breakfast, people put the main presents under the Christmas tree. They will probably have wrapped the presents the day before. Usually before Christmas dinner people unwrap the presents and everyone gets very excited.
After breakfast, the main presents (8) under the Christmas tree. The presents (9) the day before. Usually before Christmas dinner, the presents (10) and everyone gets very excited.
Dad now opens the Champagne and everyone sits down for Christmas dinner. After they have pulled the crackers, they put on the silly hats they find inside them. Everyone groans at the awful jokes inside the crackers; idiots had obviously written them.
Now the Champagne (11) and everyone sits down for Christmas dinner. After the crackers (12) , they put on the silly hats they find inside them. Everyone groans at the awful jokes inside the crackers; they (13) by idiots)
Traditional "trimmings" accompany the turkey: roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, sage and onion stuffing, bread sauce and maybe cranberry sauce.
The turkey (14) by traditional "trimmings": roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, sage and onion stuffing, bread sauce and maybe cranberry sauce.
After the turkey, it's time for Christmas pudding. Someone puts the lights out, while someone else sets light to the Christmas pudding which someone has already poured brandy over.
After the turkey, it's time for Christmas pudding. The lights (15) , while the Christmas pudding (16) light to. It has already (17) over it.
Then they bring the pudding to the table, covered with a blue flame. And everyone goes "Aah" and starts clapping. Everybody helps themselves to brandy butter, which they add to the pudding. And then at 3pm someone turns on the TV for the Queen.
Then the pudding (18) to the table, covered with a blue flame. And everyone goes "Aah" and starts clapping. Everybody helps themselves to brandy butter, which (19) to the pudding. And then at 3pm the TV (20) for the Queen.
In the past they showed the Queen's Christmas Message only on TV, but nowadays it also on the Royal Channel on YouTube. In the old days, people would often stand while they played the national anthem, but I don't think this happens so much nowadays.
In the past the Queen's Christmas Message (21) only on TV, but nowadays it also on the Royal Channel on YouTube. In the old days, people would often stand while the the national anthem (22) , but I don't think this happens so much nowadays.

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