Describing Social Issues with the Passive Voice

Level: Advanced

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Describing Social Issues with the Passive Voice

Choose one of the things below and describe it without saying its name (or any part of its 
name). Continue until your partner guesses what you are speaking about. If they can’t 
guess, let them look at the list below. 

Useful phrases for describing social issues

In this country
In South Korea
In this region
In this city

It
They
No one
Residents
Students
Safety
… people
Prices
Laws
MPs

can(’t)
(doesn’t) need to
should(n’t)
has/ have
will
would

mainly/ usually
often
sometimes
hardly ever/ very 
rarely

allowed
arrested
asked
attended
avoided
banned
based
believed
bothered 
bought
changed
(double) checked
commented on
committed
converted into
cut
damaged
decreased
defined as
disappear(s)

elected
employed
forbidden
forced
funded
held
hooked
housed
imported
increased
inhaled
injected
killed
legalised
located
lowered
made
moved
nominated
noticed 

occur(s)
opened
opposed
paid 
processed
produced
proven
punished
put into
raided
raised
related to
smoked
snorted
sought after
spread
staffed
stared out
stored
supported

take(s) part in
taught
tempted
tested
trained
underreported.
used

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2019

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