Active and Passive Voice 8th grade language arts
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Active Voice • The subject of the sentence performs the action (subject will come before verb) • Remember subject is who or what the sentence is about and the verb is the action taking place! • Preferable voice to use in writing
Examples of Active Voice • The manate five hamburgers. • Mary mailed the letter. • Colorful parrots live in the rain forest.
Passive Voice • The subject receives the action of the verb • You can recognize passive-voice expressions because the verb phrase will always include a form of be, such as am, is, was, were, are, or been. HOWEVER the presence of a be-verb, however, does not necessarily mean that the sentence is in passive voice. • Avoid using this voice when writing
Examples of Passive Voice • An ‘A’ was given to Mike. • The letter wasmailed by Mary. • Five hamburgers must have been eaten by the man.
Identify the Voice Each Sentence Uses • Harry ate six shrimp at dinner. • active • At dinner, six shrimp were eaten by Harry. • passive • Beautiful giraffes roam the savannah. • active • The savannah is roamed by beautiful giraffes. • passive • Sue changed the flat tire. • active • The flat tire was changed by Sue. • passive • We are going to watch a movie tonight. • active