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It talks about those actions which started in the past and also ended in past. The time of action is not specified in terms of a long time ago or short ago. And we use the helping verb of past simple passive voice tense (was, were) and for Past simple active voice tense.

Finished Action

An action started in the past and finished in the past.

Formula: Object + Helping Verb + Verb 3rd(form)
  • A lecture was given.
  • Questions were asked.
  • A Gift was given by her.
Formula: Object + Helping Verb(Was/ Were) + Verb 3rd(form) + by + Object(subject of Active Voice)

More Examples

Here are some more past simple passive voice tense examples.


  • A free hit was given.
  • Cricket was played by him.
  • Tennis was played by Alina.
  • The presentation was given by Alina.
  • Oscar award was given by Tom Cruise.
  • Cricket and Hockey were played by him.

  • A free hit was not given.
  • Cricket was not played by him.

  • Was free hit given?
  • Was cricket played by him?

  • Was free hit not given?
  • Was cricket not played by him?


Here you can easily understand the difference between Past simple Active Voice and past simple Passive Voice tense with these examples.

Active VoicePassive Voice
He played cricket.Cricket was played by him
I wrote an ApplicationAn Application was written by me
Alina baked the bread yesterdayThe Bread was baked by her yesterday
She made a beautiful sketchA beautiful sketch was made by her