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Active vs. Passive Voice

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Jessica Korpinen

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Active vs. Passive Voice

Active vs. Passive Voice Short and Sweet Passive Voice Active Voice Concise Be- verb What is Passive Voice? Awkward and Boring... What is Active Voice? Active voice is when the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb. Sentences in active voice are also more CONCISE than those in passive voice because fewer words are required to express action in active voice than in passive. 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 Sometimes the use of passive voice can create awkward sentences. Also, overuse of passive voice throughout an essay can cause your prose to seem flat and uninteresting. Passive voice is when the subject of a sentence is acted upon.
Example: The dog bit the boy. Example: The entrance exam was failed by over one-third of the applicants to the school. Using active voice for the majority of your sentences makes your meaning CLEAR for readers, and keeps the sentences from becoming too complicated or wordy. Scientists have conducted experiments to test the hypothesis. The subject is performing the action described by the verb. Passive Voice: The brakes were slammed on by her as the car sped down the hill.

The action is performed upon the sentence subject.

Active Voice: She slammed on the breaks as the car sped down the hill.

The sentence subject performs the action. 1. Passive Voice: Action on the bill is being considered by the committee.

Active Voice: The committee is considering action on the bill.

2. Passive Voice: By then, the soundtrack will have been completely remixed by the sound engineers.

Active Voice: By then, the sound engineers will have completely remixed the soundtrack. Amy is loved.

Bombs were dropped.

Police are being notified that three prisoners have escaped. Passive: The book is being read by most of the class.

Active: Most of the class is reading the book. Voice tells us whether the subject is acting (he questions us) or being acted upon (he is questioned). To shift a sentence from the passive to active voice, make the performer of the action the subject of the sentence, and make the recipient of the action an object.
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