Karen S. Wright
Verbs are vigorous, direct
communicators.
Use active rather
than passive voice.
The voice of a
verb tells
whether the
subject of the
sentence
performs the
action (active
voice) or is
acted upon
(passive...
The active voice always names the actor
(whoever performs the verb’s action),
whereas the passive voice puts the actor
in ...
Active voice is usually
more clear, emphatic, and
concise than passive voice.
The Internet is used
for research by
scholar...
Change the Passive to
the Active Voice
1. Around the turn of the century,
a story about a clever horse was
carried by Berl...
The mood of a verb indicates whether a
sentence is a --
Statement-The theater needs help.
Question-Can you help the thea...
The subjunctive mood expresses a
suggestion, requirement, or desire,
or it states a condition that is
contrary to fact (th...
When using a
suggestion or
requirement with the
verbs ask, insist,
urge, require,
recommend, or
suggest use the
verb’s pla...
When writing about desire or
present condition contrary to
fact, use the verb’s past
tense form; for be use the
past tense...
Shifts in mood within a
sentence can be confusing.
Dissolve the crystals in
liquid. You should also heat
the solution. (Th...
Verbs. You can’t have a sentence
without them. Make the most of
them, use them right, and they
will do wonders for your pa...
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  1. 1. Karen S. Wright
  2. 2. Verbs are vigorous, direct communicators. Use active rather than passive voice.
  3. 3. The voice of a verb tells whether the subject of the sentence performs the action (active voice) or is acted upon (passive voice).
  4. 4. The active voice always names the actor (whoever performs the verb’s action), whereas the passive voice puts the actor in a phrase after the verb or even omits the actor altogether.
  5. 5. Active voice is usually more clear, emphatic, and concise than passive voice. The Internet is used for research by scholars, and its expansion to the general public was criticized by some. Scholars use the Internet for research, and some criticized its passive active
  6. 6. Change the Passive to the Active Voice 1. Around the turn of the century, a story about a clever horse was carried by Berlin newspapers. 2. The horse was named Babe by her owner. 3. Fraud was suspected by many people. 4. Doubts were still entertained by Herman. 5. The math test was failed by
  7. 7. The mood of a verb indicates whether a sentence is a -- Statement-The theater needs help. Question-Can you help the theater? A command- Help the theater! A suggestion/desire-I wish I were an actor.
  8. 8. The subjunctive mood expresses a suggestion, requirement, or desire, or it states a condition that is contrary to fact (that is, imaginary or hypothetical).
  9. 9. When using a suggestion or requirement with the verbs ask, insist, urge, require, recommend, or suggest use the verb’s plain form with all subjects. EX: Rules require that every donation
  10. 10. When writing about desire or present condition contrary to fact, use the verb’s past tense form; for be use the past tense form were. If the theater were in better shape and had more money its future would be guaranteed.  I wish I were able to donate money.
  11. 11. Shifts in mood within a sentence can be confusing. Dissolve the crystals in liquid. You should also heat the solution. (The first sentence is a command, the second a statement.) inconsistent Dissolve the crystals in liquid; then heat the solution. (Consistent commands.) Revised Mood Consistency
  12. 12. Verbs. You can’t have a sentence without them. Make the most of them, use them right, and they will do wonders for your papers. Trust me.
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