Presentation on theme: "Active Voice. Active voice verbs are used when the subject is acting in a sentence. Example: Ms. Kelley threw the desk. “threw” is an active verb."— Presentation transcript:
Active voice verbs are used when the subject is acting in a sentence. Example: Ms. Kelley threw the desk. “threw” is an active verb because it allows the subject to undertake an action.
Passive Voice “Passive voice” verbs are used when the subject is being acted upon in a sentence. Example: The donut was eaten by an evil troll. “Was eaten” is considered passive because it indicates that the subject (donut) is receiving an action.
So What? Although both constructions are grammatically correct, the active voice is usually more effective in academic and business writing because it is simpler and more direct. The passive construction is effective only when the doer of the action is unknown or irrelevant. This can be one of the differences between a 6/7 or 8/9.
Fix these examples from your papers: The flamingo being mass produced and causing new flamingo-themed industries to pop up represents what was occurring in America’s consumerist economy of the 1950’s. Oxymorons are utilized by Price in order to reveal her view of the United States culture as contradictory. It could be argued that the leading factor of keeping adolescents out of trouble is the home life of the adolescent.
Practice Change these sentences from passive to active: Macklemore was listened to by most of the students. The girl on the PALs board has been colored by a weird student. The cigar was smoked by Mark Twain. What’s the effect?