|They have spoken to me.||I have been spoken to.|
|someone broke into my office.||My office was broken into.|
|They threw the empty bottles away.||The empty bottles were thrown away.|
|Somebody is looking for you.||You are being looked for.|
|They were talking about you.||You were being talked about.|
|They listened to the new song.||The new song was listened to.*|
Now here are some practice for you. Contemplate:
|You can do it.||It can be done|
|You must respect the law.||The law must be respected.|
|They will contact you.||You will be contacted.|
|They would arrest him.||He would be arrested.|
|Somebody might see the little boy.||The little boy might be seen.|
|Someone may repair the car.||The car may be repaired.|
|You ought to clean the desk||The desk ought to be cleaned.|
|Someone is going to discover the error.||The error is going to be discovered. etc.|
|They kicked him out.|
|They have to see the film.|
|He must have cut off his finger.|
|They could visit the temple today.|
|She used to call him "Pit".|
|They could see the lady stealing food.|
Here are some examples:
|- What must we do about this?||What must be done about this?|
|- What questions did they ask?||What questions were asked?|
|- Did they tell her the story?||Was she told the story?|
|- Has anyone dusted that blackboard yet?/td>||Has that blackboard been dusted yet?|
|- Will anyone tell him about the test?||Will he be told about the test?|
|Where did they park the car?|
|No one has given out the news yet.|
|Must not we do the quiz?|
|Have you already done it?|
|Doesn't she tell you the truth?|
|No one has broken the window.|
What about a complex sentence with three passives, for instance? This is an example:
(1)Nobody would have asked him his identity card if they had told him what places he had to ovoid.
(2)He wouldn't have been asked his identity card if he had been told what places had to be avoided.
In this example the sentence contains three passive operational parts which should be handled carefully. The complication resides in finding the object in each part of the active sentence which allows the transformation to be done safely. You have to bear in mind that operations as such are more delicate and dangerous for the meaning if things weren't perceived from different angles. Needless to repeat here that the possibility to put one clause (part) in the passive doesn't automatically allow you to do the same for the rest except if they hold the elements necessary for the transition to the passive. Let's do this example for more practice:
(1) It must have shocked him that his boss informed him that she no longer appreciated his work style.
(2)He must have been shocked to be informed that his work style was no longer appreciated.
The importance, in priority, is for the meaning rather than for the form. Is the sentence in the passive greatly reflects its original copy in the active form?! That's what counts the most. Yet this importance would never be reachable but on condition that the grammatical syntactic structure of the passive sentence is irreproachable.
(1) The police arrested him. They questioned him about the charges against him, which he denied firmly.
(2) He was arrested, questioned about the charges against him and denied them all firmly.