Using the Passive Voice

Using the Passive Voice - ESL102R WeekSix

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  ESL 102R Week Six    Using the Passive Voice (Chapter Four in Eye on Editing 2) The active voice  is usually preferred  over the passive voice in academic writing forms such as  argumentation or persuasion. However, the passive voice is useful in process writing and in paraphrasing  statements found in research material. The passive voice emphasizes the recipient of the action and not the  actor or “doer” of the action. Thus, it is important to know the difference between the active and the  passive voice. Problems rise when the passive form is confused with the present and past perfect continuous  forms.    Pages 123-124 of The Essentials of English list 5 situations in which writers prefer the passive voice. Name  these 5 situations:   1.   2.   3.   4.   5.    
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Forming the Passive (This chart has been informed by Azar’s  Understanding and Using English Grammar text.) be + past participle Verb Tense Active Passive Simple present The student  edits  the essay. The essay  is edited  by the  student. Present continuous The student  is editing  the essay. The essay  is being edited  by the  student. Present perfect The student  has edited  the essay.The essay  has been edited  by  the student. Simple past The student  edited  the essay. The essay  was edited  by the  student. Past continuous
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