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Active and passive voice

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  • 1. Active and passive voiceActive voice is where the individual, animal or thing doing the action comes beforethe verb. The dog fetched the ball. the one doing verb thing or person the action it is done toPassive voice is where the individual, animal or thing doing the action comes afterthe verb. The ball was fetched by the dog. thing or person it verb the one doing is done to the actionGenerally, active voice is preferable. However, a writer may choose to use passive voice in a moreformal document or where there is a deliberate attempt to avoid stating who is responsible for anaction, eg: Your complaint has been received, but no decision has yet been reached about changingthe policy. For more homework help, tips and info sheets go to www.schoolatoz.com.au © Owned by State of NSW through the Department of Education and Communities 2011. This work may be freely reproduced and distributed 1/1 for non-commercial educational purposes only. Permission must be received from the department for all other uses.

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