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Passive Voice Worksheet _key_ - Name: Using the Active...

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Name: Using the Active Voice All of these sentences are written in the passive voice. The passive voice uses “to be” verbs like is, are, were, was, etc. Writing in the passive voice often causes the subject to disappear from the sentence, and thus it makes your sentence much less clear. I want you to change these sentences into the active voice by removing the “to be” verbs. How to convert the passive voice into the active voice: One way to begin is by deciding what the main subject is. The subject should be at the beginning of the sentence so that the reader knows who or what will be doing the action in the sentence. You also want to locate what the main action is in the sentence. There might be more than one verb, but in general one will have more importance to the sentence than the other verb. By locating the main action, you can figure out what action the main subject is doing in the sentence. Finally, you want to switch the passive form of the verb to an active form of the verb. This will be easy once you’ve identified what the main action is. 1. The sheep are standing in a pasture, and there is an American flag in the background. The sheep stand in a pasture with an American flag in the background.
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2010 for the course UWP 1 taught by Professor Braun during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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