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Active/Passive Voice

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by DSC-UCF Writing Center on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of Active/Passive Voice

When & why to use active or passive voice Active vs. Passive Voice In active voice, the subject performs the action expressed in the verb Active Voice When you want to emphasize who or what performed the action
Most disciplines favor active voice
More direct, clear, and concise When/Why to Use: EXAMPLES Usually: To Be + Past Participle EXAMPLES subject = agent/actor
verb = action
object = recipient/experiencer Passive Voice Henry tossed the ball to Susan.
I am making a presentation about active and passive voice.
The dog has eaten only broccoli for weeks now.
The defendant submitted a plea of "not guilty." Myths & Misconceptions Using passive voice is a grammatical error
Any use of "to be" (in any form) is passive voice
The passive voice always avoids first person
Never use the passive voice
Grammar checker will catch passive voice Passive voice occurs when you make the object of an action into the subject of a sentence + past tense verb Often includes "by (who/what)" Henry tossed the ball to Susan.
I am making a presentation about active and passive voice.
The dog has eaten only broccoli for weeks now.
The defendant submitted a plea of "not guilty." The ball was tossed to Susan by Henry.
The presentation about active and passive voice has been made by me.
The broccoli has been eaten by the dog for weeks now.
A "not guilty" plea was submitted by the defendant. When/Why to Use To emphasize the object or result:
The boiling point was reached at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Actor is unknown or unimportant:
Twenty ccs of morphine was given to the victim. To avoid first person:
The dinner was served by me at 6:00 pm. To manipulate the focus:
Studies have shown that candy corn cures cancer. It was determined by the committee that the report was inconclusive.
Our neighbors invited us to the block party.
Research has shown that dogs have an aversion to celery.
The proposed solution will be violently opposed by the activists.
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