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  1. Passive Voice This presentation was made by Yemi Adewuyi Yemi Adewuyi made this presentation

  2. http://www.grammarcomic.com/files/grammar-block-005-active-alex.jpghttp://www.grammarcomic.com/files/grammar-block-005-active-alex.jpg

  3. DEFINING“VOICE” Passive: • “to be” + past participle • subject is being acted upon Active: • subject is acting

  4. Pitfalls of Passivity • Shifts responsibility • Obscures meaning • “Lazy” arguments

  5. IS PASSIVE VOICE EVER OKAY? • Emphasize an object • Agent is unknown • Agent is irrelevant

  6. Fixing passive voice • Identify • Evaluate • Revise • YOUR TURN!

  7. References • http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/passive-voice/ • http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/passive-active.original.pdf