English Grammar Exercises

English Grammar Exercises - Active and Passive Voice -...

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Active and Passive Voice - Michael Shilling Adapted heavily from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Active Voice In sentences written in active voice, the subject performs the action expressed in the verb; the subject acts. For example: 1. The cat scratched the girl. 2. The subject will present his findings at the conference. 3. Watching TV reminds me that my mind is going blank. In each example, the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb. Passive Voice In sentences written in passive voice, the subject receives the action expressed in the verb; the subject is acted upon. The agent performing the action may appear in a "by the . . ." phrase or may be omitted. For example: 1. The girl will be scratched by the cat. 2. Experiments will be conducted upon lab rats for a long time. 3. I am reminded that my brain is being wasted when I watch TV. You can recognize passive-voice expressions because the verb phrase will always include a form of be, such as am, is, was, were, are, or been. The presence of a be-verb, however,
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