Grammar Practice. The Passive. KEY
Read the dialogue and fill in the gaps with the words from the box.
Harry: I thought I was (1) to be given some fish for supper, Nora?
Nora: Harry, I meant to get you some, but I (2) was prevented from going out. You see, Tommy
Wood next door (3) was taken ill last night, and this morning he had to (4) be taken to hospital.
Harry: Poor little chap! What's the trouble?
Nora: Well, I (5) was told by Mrs Wood that it was diphtheria .
Harry: Good heavens! That's bad. Any how, (6) he'll be well looked after at the hospital. I suppose
his mother went there with him?
Nora: Yes, so you see I (7) was asked to stay in and keep an eye on the other children. Her husband
is away, so she (8) was left to deal with everything.
Harry: Which doctor did she have?
Nora: Dr Williams.
Harry: He's said (9) to be very good. What a life doctors have! Fancy (10) being called out in the
middle of the night.
Nora: Well, as a matter of fact, he (11) wasn't called until this morning.
Harry: Why not? A doctor ought (12) to be sent for at the first sign.
Nora: I know — but then the Woods are rather careless,
Harry: It seems to me that their children (13) are badly looked after.
Nora: Yes, perhaps their children (14) have been neglected.
Harry: So it's only to be expected if one them of catches diphtheria.
Nora: Oh, but it wasn't really diphtheria.
Harry: What? I thought you told me -
Nora: Oh no; I didn't finish the story. Mrs Wood thought it might be diphtheria, but the doctor
himself wasn't sure; and when they got Tommy to hospital they found it was only a bad sore throat.