Passive Structures in IELTS Writing

In Writing Task 2, you can use passive structures to make your writing more academic.

Instead of writing: ‘The scientists claimed that…’

Write: ‘It was claimed by the scientists that…’

Instead of writing: ‘Many people know that…’

Write: ‘It is widely known that…’

Instead of writing: ‘The government has announced that…’

Write: ‘It has been announced by the government that…’

You can use the ‘It + passive + that’ structure with the following verbs:

agree, announce, argue, believe, claim, decide, disclose, expect, feel, hope, know, predict, recognise, sport, say, suggest, think, understand