Friday, October 2, 2009

Active and Passive voice

Topic: The use of Active and Passive voice

Active voice is the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb. Active voice works with leading community advocates, educators, policymakers and social entrepreneurs.

Bob Baker flew the airplane from Chicago to Albuquerque.
Bob Baker is the subject of the sentence; he is the doer of the action within the sentence.

Passive voice is the voice used when the recipient of an action is the subject of the sentence. The passive voice is especially helpful (and even regarded as mandatory) in scientific or technical writing or lab reports, where the actor is not really important but the process or principle being described is of ultimate importance.

The airplane flew from Chicago to Albuquerque with the assistance of Bob Baker.
The airplane is the subject of the sentence; the airplane received Bob’s help with flying.

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