<ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers  grow  grapes. </li></ul><ul><li>(S. Present) </li></ul><ul><li>The noise  annoye...
Passive Voice VS. Active Verb <ul><li>There are  five reasons  for using the passive voice instead of the active tense. </...
Reason 1: to emphasize the action not the person/doer who performs it   <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The computer  w...
Reason 2:   formal writing, scientific and technical reports, and News stories <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Vertebra...
Reason 3:   when you don’t know who performed the action <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The dogs  were let  out! (Who ...
Reason 4: when the person who performed the action is obvious <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat  is cultivated   in...
Reason 5:   when you don’t want to tell who performed the action <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>A mistake  was made . ...
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Passive voice

  1. 1. <ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers grow grapes. </li></ul><ul><li>(S. Present) </li></ul><ul><li>The noise annoyed Ali. </li></ul><ul><li>(S. Past) </li></ul><ul><li>Ahmad has emailed the message. </li></ul><ul><li>(Present Perfect) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grapes are grown. </li></ul><ul><li>(Present Passive) </li></ul><ul><li>Ali was annoyed by the noise. </li></ul><ul><li>(Past Passive) </li></ul><ul><li>The message has been emailed by Ahmad. </li></ul><ul><li>(Present Perfect Passive) </li></ul>Passive Voice VS. Active Verb by Buthaina Al Othman 1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman
  2. 2. Passive Voice VS. Active Verb <ul><li>There are five reasons for using the passive voice instead of the active tense. </li></ul>1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman
  3. 3. Reason 1: to emphasize the action not the person/doer who performs it <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The computer was invented in the </li></ul><ul><li>1960s. </li></ul>1999 Buthaina al-Othman
  4. 4. Reason 2: formal writing, scientific and technical reports, and News stories <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Vertebrates are classified into four groups. (Scientific writing) </li></ul><ul><li>The computer was invented in the 1960s. (Scientific writing) </li></ul><ul><li>H.H. the Amir was treated by the best British doctors, according to recent press reports. (News stories) </li></ul>1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman
  5. 5. Reason 3: when you don’t know who performed the action <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The dogs were let out! (Who let the dogs out?) </li></ul><ul><li>All the cookies were eaten ! </li></ul><ul><li>The bell was rung . </li></ul>1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman
  6. 6. Reason 4: when the person who performed the action is obvious <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Wheat is cultivated in the East. </li></ul><ul><li>Kuwaiti POWs were treated cruelly. </li></ul><ul><li>Kuwait was invaded in 1990. </li></ul>1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman
  7. 7. Reason 5: when you don’t want to tell who performed the action <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>A mistake was made . </li></ul><ul><li>He/She was provided with little information. </li></ul><ul><li>The students were given the wrong schedule. </li></ul>1999-2004 Buthaina al-Othman

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