Active and Passive Sentences. A sentence is written in active voice when the subject of the sentence performs the action in the sentence. e.g. The girl was. How to use the Passive in various tenses. Here you will find some examples of how to form the passive depending on the tense. Here are some more examples of passive sentences: Anita was driven to the theatre. (In this example, Anita did not perform the action of the verb to drive.