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Active and Passive Voice

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  • 1. ACTIVE vs. PASSIVE VOICEACTIVE VOICE: In sentences using the active voice, the subject performs the action expressed inthe verb. The ‘doer’ of the action is the subject of the verb.PASSIVE VOICE: In sentences written in passive voice, the subject receives the action expressedin the verb. The ‘doer’ is either omitted or is the object of the preposition ‘by’. Examples of Passive Voice Examples of Active Voice The boy was bitten by the dog.The dog bit the boy. Poetry was read by Rachel today.Rachel will read her poetry today. The goose was cooked by Fritz.Fritz cooked the goose. The mat was sat on by the cat.The cat sat on the mat. A passive voice that is used too often can make a paper seem awkward and uninteresting. If you have the choice, you should generally use the active voice. An active voice produces stronger sentences with clear meanings.
  • 2. Changing Passive to Active Voice 1. Find the agent in the “by the . . .” phrase 2. Make that agent the subject of the sentence and change the verb accordinglyThe cakes are being eaten by the children. The children are eating the cakes. Changing Active to Passive Voice 1. Consider carefully who or what is performing the action in the sentence. In other words, who or what is the agent? 2. Make the agent the object of a “by the . . . “ phrase Electricity was discovered by Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin discovered electricity. The Writing Center Clarion University of Pa. ©2009

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