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Active and Passive Voices Dr. John Eigenauer Taft College
Passive Voice Passive voice is the voice that indicates that the subject is the recipient of action. Example: The ball was thrown by the boy.
Active Voice Active voice is the voice that indicates that the subject acts. Example: The boy threw the ball.
Rule Active voice is often a better writing choice than passive voice.
Practice with active voice All operations should be performed by certified plastic surgeons. Certified plastic surgeons should perform all operations.
Practice with active voice She never thought that she would be hurt by her husband. She never thought that her husband would hurt her.
Practice with active voice A mistake was made by the doctor, so he was sued by the patient. The doctor made a mistake, so the patient sued him.
Passive voice with “be”. Passive voice can consist of “to be” with an adjective. Example: The doctor considered actions by the patient to be unacceptable. Active voice: The doctor considered the patient’s actions unacceptable.
Practice Example: There can be no doubt that his actions were dishonest. Active voice: There can be no doubt that he acted dishonestly.
Practice Example: I thought that they would be doubtful of my story. Active voice: I thought that they would doubt my story.
Acceptable passive voice Passive voice can be used to emphasize what happens to something or someone. Example: The corpse was dragged into the street.