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Active/Passive Voice

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Active/Passive Voice

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  1. 2011 Active/Passive Voice

  2. Define Active: • Define Passive: • Active voice: If a sentence is in active voice, the subject does the action. • Passive voice: If a sentence is in passive voice the subject receives the action. • Generally active voice is a better choice when writing. • It is stronger • Uses fewer words • Clearly shows who performed the action. Definitions

  3. Active Voice: The dog bit the boy. Dog is the subject of the sentence. It is acting (biting) the boy. Passive voice: The boy is being bit by the dog. The boy is the subject of the sentence. It is being acted on (being bit) by the dog. Examples:

  4. The helping verb to be is a clue that the sentence is in passive voice. If you use: then the sentence is in passive voice. Verb to be

  5. Change these passive voice sentences to active voice. • The entrance exam was failed by over one-third of the applicants to the school. • Active Voice: • Over one-third of the applicants to the school failed the entrance exam. Practice:

  6. The brakes were slammed on by her as the car sped downhill. • Active voice: • She slammed on the brakes as the car sped downhill. Practice:

  7. Your bicycle has been damaged. • Active Voice: • I have damaged your bicycle. Practice:

  8. Action on the bill is being considered by the committee. • Active voice: • The committee is considering action on the bill. Practice: