102G - OT - The Active Voice and the Passive Voice

102G - OT - The Active Voice and the Passive Voice - UWP...

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UWP 102G 1/10 th of a Second: The Active Voice and the Passive Voice The active voice and the passive voice are matters of style rather than of grammar. In the active voice, the subject of sentence – also known as the “actor” - performs an action on the object, as in the following examples: Activists hand out leaflets . s v o At other times they restore watersheds . s v o As illustrated above, sentences composed in the active voice offer information in this order: Subject/Actor – Verb/Action – Object. In the passive voice, the object – that is, whatever receives the action - becomes the subject of the sentence. The examples below are passive-voice versions of the active- voice sentences above: Leaflets are handed out by activists. Watersheds are also restored by activists. The passive voice has its place - as, for example, in scientific writing. When scientists are writing for other scientists, as they do in scholarly articles, or when such scientists are presenting papers at a conference, they write (and speak) in the passive voice because
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course UWP 102G taught by Professor Mag during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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102G - OT - The Active Voice and the Passive Voice - UWP...

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