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What is the active voice? <ul><li>A sentence is in the active voice when the subject does the acting instead of being the ...
What is an active verb? <ul><li>A verb  that conveys action - as opposed to a verb that merely links the subject to a thou...
The active voice is generally stronger. <ul><li>Both kinds of verbs are useful in writing. That’s why we have both. </li><...
Advantages of the active voice: <ul><li>Shorter, more direct  </li></ul><ul><li>More forceful </li></ul><ul><li>Greater cl...
Compare passages in the active and passive voices to see for yourself which is more effective. <ul><li>-Stay away from the...
Should you ever use passive voice? Yes. <ul><li>If you try to write entirely in the active voice, you are likely to produc...
The passive voice is useful: <ul><li>1. When you want to change pace or emphasis.  </li></ul><ul><li>2. When the actor is ...
<ul><li>4. When you want a gentler or more diplomatic approach. </li></ul><ul><li>A teenage girl was killed Tuesday by a g...
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Active And Passive Voice

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Active And Passive Voice

  1. 2. What is the active voice? <ul><li>A sentence is in the active voice when the subject does the acting instead of being the recipient of the acting. </li></ul><ul><li>-Active: Jim wrote a report on the study. </li></ul><ul><li>-Passive: The study report was written by Jim. </li></ul>
  2. 3. What is an active verb? <ul><li>A verb that conveys action - as opposed to a verb that merely links the subject to a thought. </li></ul><ul><li>-Active: Jim tossed the report away. </li></ul><ul><li>-Linking: Jim was tired of the report . </li></ul>
  3. 4. The active voice is generally stronger. <ul><li>Both kinds of verbs are useful in writing. That’s why we have both. </li></ul><ul><li>But, unless you’re a diplomat or bureaucrat you need to rely on the active voice more than the passive. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Advantages of the active voice: <ul><li>Shorter, more direct </li></ul><ul><li>More forceful </li></ul><ul><li>Greater clarity (the reader knows immediately who is doing what.) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Compare passages in the active and passive voices to see for yourself which is more effective. <ul><li>-Stay away from the hot wire. It can kill you. </li></ul><ul><li>-The hot wire should be avoided. You can be killed by it. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Should you ever use passive voice? Yes. <ul><li>If you try to write entirely in the active voice, you are likely to produce something unreadable. </li></ul><ul><li>The active voice is great, but you can have too much of a good thing. </li></ul>
  7. 8. The passive voice is useful: <ul><li>1. When you want to change pace or emphasis. </li></ul><ul><li>2. When the actor is unknown or unimportant. </li></ul><ul><li>The knife was found beside the body. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Or when you want to focus on the receiver of the action more than on the actor. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher was fired for his political activism </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>4. When you want a gentler or more diplomatic approach. </li></ul><ul><li>A teenage girl was killed Tuesday by a gunshot wound that police said was self-inflicted. </li></ul><ul><li>5. When you want to strengthen the impression of objectivity as, for example, in a research report. </li></ul>

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