A little bit of grammar…

Dear all,

As you know, in English we can have either active voice or passive voice. Let’s read a little bit about passive voice…

– When do we use passive voice? We use passive voice when the action is the focus, not the subject. It is not important (or not known) who does the action. For example:

  • The window is broken. (It is not known who broke the window, or it is not important to know who broke the window.)
  • The class has been canceled. (The focus is on the class being canceled. It is not important to know who canceled it.)
  • The passive voice is often used. (The focus is on the passive voice. It is not important to explain who the writer is.)

– What are the differences between active and passive voice? Read the following comparative table:

Tense Subject Verb Object
Simple Present Active: Rita writes a letter.
Passive: A letter is written by Rita.
Simple Past Active: Rita wrote a letter.
Passive: A letter was written by Rita.
Present Perfect Active: Rita has written a letter.
Passive: A letter has been written by Rita.

Retrieved and adapted from: http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive   /  http://www.talkenglish.com/Grammar/active-passive-voice.aspx

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Posted on March 10, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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