Describing architecture Passive voice practice and presentation

Describe one building, bridge, or other piece of architecture with sentences until your partner guesses which one you are talking about. Your partner can only guess once per sentence you say.   

Passive voice grammar presentation

Without looking above, brainstorm forms that can go before PP (= past participle)

+ held

+ held

+ held

+ held

+ held

Look above to check and help brainstorm more possibilities.

What do (most of) the forms have in common (in terms of grammar and meaning)?

What’s the difference between these forms?

It held/ It was held

It has held/ It has been held

Which form is passive and which is active? In which is the subject the thing doing the action?

Change these phrases into the other form (active to passive or passive to active):

In the movies, they destroyed it…

You can see it in the movie…

People have criticised it for…

It has been renovated since…

It is criticised…

It is decorated…

It was bought by…

People will knock it down…

It will be renovated…

———————–

Suggested passive sentences to describe architecture

(In the movies), it was destroyed…

… has been held there.

… is held there.

… was based on it.

… was held there.

… will be held there.

It can be seen in the movie…

It can be seen…

It has been criticised for…

It has been famous since…

It has been renovated… times

It is (mainly) made from…

It is connected to…

It is criticised…

It is decorated…

It is lit up…

It is located near to…

It is made of/ made from…

It is opened to the public…

It is painted…

It is situated in…

It is surrounded by…

It is used for…

It is visited…

It isn’t used (…)

It used to be used for…

It was bought by…

It was bought…

It was built by…

It was built in…

It was built…

It was criticised…

It was damaged by…

It was designed by…

It was designed to…

It was knocked down…/ Part of it was knocked down…

It was moved…

It was named a World Heritage site…

It was renovated…

It was replaced by…

It was sold…

It will be knocked down…

It will be renovated…

It will be used…

Photos are often taken of…

The design was based on…

The space outside is used for…

Suggested architecture to describe

Your teacher will tell you if/ when you can also describe places not below.

101 Building, Taipei

Amsterdam Station, The Netherlands

Battersea Power Station, London

Big Ben/ The Houses of Parliament, London

Buckingham Palace, London

Burj Jhalifa, Dubai

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Himeji Castle, Japan

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Station

Machu Picchu, Peru

Mont San Michel, France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Petra, Jordan

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice, Italy

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Stonehenge, UK

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Taj Mahal, India

The (old) Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (now in Nagoya)

The Aya Sophia, Istanbul

The Bird’s Nest stadium, Beijing

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Coliseum, Rome

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Empire State Building, New York

The Forbidden Palace, Beijing

The Gherkin, London

The Great Wall of China

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

The London Eye

The Louvre, Paris

The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, USA

The Tower of London

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

The World Cup Stadium, Seoul

Tokyo Station

Tower Bridge, London

Versailles Palace, near Paris

Wat Po, Bangkok, Thailand

——————————–

PDF version for easy saving and printing: passive-voice-describing-architecture