Active & Passive Voice To help you choose whether to write a sentence in the direct or indirect style, you should know about the voice of verbs. Verbs have two voices, active and passive. When the subject comes first, the voice is active. When the object comes first, the voice is passive: Active: The buyer paid a large amount. Passive: A large amount was paid by the buyer. Active Voice The direct writing style is called active voice , which means the subject does the verb’s action. Active: George kissed Twileen. [The subject George did the action – kissed .] Active: Norway won 26 medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics. [The subject Norway did the action – won .] Passive Voice The opposite of active is passive . The indirect writing style is called passive voice , which means the subject receives the verb’s action. The passive voice uses a form of the verb to be, which adds words to a sentence. In the example, the passive-voice sentence uses eight words, whereas the active-voice sentence uses only six to say the same thing. The words
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