Hello dear student, today we’ll be focusing on an important aspect of German grammar – the passive voice in the simple past tense.
It is used to show that the subject of the sentence is being acted upon, rather than doing the acting. It’s frequently used in German, especially in formal, written, and academic contexts.
In this lesson, we’ll practice ordering sentences correctly, translating sentences, practicing vocabulary, and writing small texts, all while using the passive voice in simple past tense. Ready? Let’s dive in!
1) Put the Sentences in the Correct Order – German Passive Voice in Simple Past
a) gebaut / wurde / Das Haus / von / meinem Vater
Das Haus wurde von meinem Vater gebaut.
2) Can you Translate these Sentences?
a) The letter was written by Mary.
Der Brief wurde von Mary geschrieben.
3) Practice your Vocabulary of German Passive Voice in Simple Past
a) was built – was written – was opened
wurde gebaut – wurde geschrieben – wurde geöffnet
4) Practice Your Writing by Translating this Small Text Taking the German Passive Voice in Simple Past into Consideration
Through these exercises, you’ve practiced and strengthened your understanding of the passive voice in the simple past tense.
Remember, understanding and using the passive voice correctly will greatly enhance your German language skills, particularly in formal and academic situations. Keep practicing with exercises here on our website, and soon you’ll master the use of passive voice in the simple past tense. Keep up the good work, and see you in our next lesson!