Las rebajas de enero

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level C1

This reading and listening exercise that can help you practise the passive voice with both simple and compound tenses. It is suitable for level C1 Spanish students.

Exercise: Las rebajas de enero

Listen to the audio, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later. Text by Silvia Píriz and audio by Inma Sánchez

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Q&A relating to this exercise


Kwiziq community member

10 January 2019

1 reply

Why do you keep emphasizing the passive voice at this level I was told by native speakers that they don't use it?


Kwiziq language super star

10 January 2019


Hola Abby

You are right about the less frequent usage of the passive in spoken Spanish. We tend to use the "se" form,  or the active voice in the 3rd person plural for this.  It is nevertheless a grammatical structure used in certain contexts such as newspaper articles. We made "Las rebajas de enero" exercise in a way that shows what you could find written in an article so it is more accurate with the use of the passive voice in Spanish.

However, we are aware of the the fact that it is not widely used in spoken Spanish and we will be making some changes to the content related to the passive to reflect this.

Thanks for your comments.

Un saludo cordial


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