Subject Performs or Receives Action?• Active voice indicates the subject of the sentence is performing or causing the action. Active voice creates interest.• Passive voice is used when the subject is the recipient of the action; it usually results in weaker writing. Passive voice creates boredom, world hunger, and depletes the ozone layer (OK, I made up the last two).
Active vs. Passive? Active = Better Writing• The exam scores were • The teacher tabulated tabulated by the the exam scores. teacher. • The collector• The baseball card was purchased the baseball purchased by the card. collector.• The witness’s remarks • The police officer were recorded by the recorded the witness’s police officer. remarks.
Active vs. Passive? Active = Better Writing• Active voice is preferred because it is direct, concise, and (for lack of a better term) more ACTIVE. Active voice is the equivalent of watching Lebron James.• Passive voice is usually wordier and contains many "to be" verbs. Passive voice is the equivalent of watching corn grow.
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