Active and passive sentences

17 Mar


Active voice

 These examples show that the subject is  doing the verb’s action.

Because the subject does or “acts upon” the verb in such sentences, the sentences are said to be in the active voice.


Passive voice

One can change the normal word order of many active sentences (those with a direct object) so that the subject is no longer active, but is, instead, being acted upon by the verb – or passive.

    Note in these examples how the subject-verb relationship has changed.

This example is similar to what we were looking at in class today…

Add a form of the auxiliary verb be to the main verb and change the  main verb’s form




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