Voice: Active voice Passive voice



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Active Voice, Passive Voice

There are two special forms for verbs called voice:



  1. Active voice

  2. Passive voice

The active voice is the "normal" voice. This is the voice that we use most of the time. You are probably already familiar with the active voice. In the active voice, the object receives the action of the verb:



active

subject

verb

object

 

>

Cats

eat

fish.

The passive voice is less usual. In the passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb:

passive

subject

verb

object

<

 

Fish

are eaten

by cats.

The object of the active verb becomes the subject of the passive verb:

 

Subject

verb

object

active

Everybody

drinks

water.

passive

Water

is drunk

by everybody.


Using the Active Voice




Example:

(Passive Voice) The rules were changed by the principal.

(Active Voice) The principal changed the rules.

Directions: Change the sentences below to sentences that use the active voice.



  1. Hunger was what Bill felt.

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  1. Reading is enjoyed by Mary.

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  1. The town was destroyed by fire.

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  1. Funny is what clowns are.

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  1. Cheese was liked by Sara.

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  1. Shoes are made by children in that factory.

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  1. Dinner was cooked by grandma tonight.



  1. The pizza was made by Karen today.

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Directions: Change the sentences below to sentences that use the active voice.

  1. A piece of plastic had been swallowed by the child.

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  1. The ball was hit out of the park by the batter.

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  1. Coach Mike Brown was fired by the owner of the Lakers.

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  1. The car was panted blue by the man’s son.

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  1. My bike was stolen by my best friend.

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  1. The love letter was written by Kylie.

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  1. Jogging is done by many people for exercise.



  1. The soda was enjoyed by the students.

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