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Active and Passive Voice

A Grammar Mini-Lesson on the Active and Passive Voices and Their Importance in our Writing
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Kelli Brown

on 1 October 2013

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Transcript of Active and Passive Voice

Examples
Active Voice
Why does it matter?
Active and Passive Voice
Passive Voice
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The subject is doing the action.
I love
you.
She chased me.
The dog ate its bone.
The subject becomes the recipient of the action.
I am chased
by her.
I am loved
by you.
The bone was eaten by the dog.
Your writing becomes
clearer with the
the active voice.
Then why do we have
the passive voice?
The passive voice is useful in
several forms of writing...
Scientific Research
Objectivity
If you wish to remain unbiased and
put focus on the topic at hand,
passive voice is your best bet.
Examples of
the passive
voice in
context:
"Mistakes were made."
-Richard Nixon
"My homework isn't finished." -YOU
"My bike was stolen."
- Sad Kid
When writing for a
general audience,
the active voice is
always most efficient.
Identify the following sentences
as passive or active.
Then, rewrite the sentence to
change its format to active or passive.
A piece of plastic had been swallowed by the child.
Two separate people were given rides
in the new models by the designer.
I gave my mom a birthday present.
The batter hit the ball into the bleachers.
The old shed was painted
bright blue by the man's son.
"The DNA was
sequenced."
- A scientist
Works Cited

"Active Voice Versus Passive Voice : Grammar Girl :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™." Grammar Girl :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™. Web. 22 Sept. 2011. <http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/active-voice-versus-passive-voice.aspx>.

"Exercise 2." Towson University. Web. 23 Sept. 2011. <http://www.towson.edu/ows/exerciseact-pass2.htm>.

Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor. Web. 24 Sept. 2011. <http://www.prezi.com>.
"The grass-plot before the jail, in Prison Lane, on a certain summer morning, not less than two centuries ago, was occupied by a pretty large number of the inhabitants of Boston; all with their eyes intently fastened on the iron-clamped oaken door." The Scarlet Letter page 43
Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the passive voice!
"This rose-bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally overshadowed it, or whether, as there is far authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson as she entered the prison-door, we shall not take upon us to determine."
The Scarlet Letter Page 42
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