Describing processes with the passive

The absurd business resources


These are filled with my kind of humor. Read them before you hand them out to your students.

Describing processes with the passive

This is generally the first set of worksheets that I use with students. If I start another “business English” or “technical English” course, I’ll probably add worksheets drilling questions and negations.

All of these worksheets use ‘examples’ from the fictional “Ohmpah Express” and the unprofessional goings-on there. These are more fun if your students speak German, and some of them use German translations.

  1. Describing processes. Introduces both the Ohmpah Express (a fictional record label) and the passive. Forming the passive only gets a passing mention. That’s on the teacher.
  2. Modals of probability. This says modals probability and it covers things like ‘it should be ready on time’ and ‘it might be finished before Friday,’ but it also covers other ways of talking about the future: ‘I doubt we’ll make the deadline.’ If my time were unlimited, I would expand this one.
  3. The present perfect. Obviously not an exhaustive treatment of the present perfect, but a nice intermediary step before the next lesson builds on the present perfect. If my time were unlimited, I’d add an intermediate worksheet between this one and the next one, focusing on questions and negations in all the forms covered so far.
  4. Missed opportunities. This could have easily been titled “coulda woulda shoulda,” but I doubted students would have understood it. It helps students practice what ‘could have been done’ or ‘should have been done.’