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When to use passive and active voice [closed]

When is it better to use passive voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use active voice in writing and speech?
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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Passive voice expressed by means of the active voice

I wonder what the reason is to say These cakes sell well instead of These cakes are being sold well. I understand that it’s shorter but it doesn’t work with any verb, does it? For example, The house ...
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Indirect object? Direct object? In active voice? In passive voice?

The following sentence has an active voice verb and an indirect object (IO) me and a direct object (DO) book: "Jeff gave me a book." As I understand, a passive voice verb comprises (1) a form of the ...
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How can I use “fête” as a verb in active voice?

Oxford Dictionaries cites a verb as an entry for fête and gives a passive example. How can I use fête in the active voice? For example, can one fête an occasion with pomp and circumstance?
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Can a text read itself or can it only be read?

Is it correct to write or say for example that As it reads on the first page of the book, ... or only the following sentences are acceptable? As it can be read on the first page of the ...
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How to change this to active voice?

The matter was reported to the commissioner. My teacher told me that it should be The commissioner reported the matter. But I think that this is not correct since it implies the ...
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Passive to active interrogatives

I am a high school student. While doing my weekly assignment, I came across a question which asks me to write in active voice Have they been told to be ready? Can anyone help me out with this ...
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Is this case Active or Passive Voice?

I'm learning English and trying to use Voices. Yesterday i had answered on StackOverflow and typed like below This file is located here I think it's the Passive Voice, but in Russian (my native ...
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Active or passive voice in too…to…?

Which of the two is the more appropriate one? The bag is too heavy to carry. The bag is too heavy to be carried. or The burger is too spicy to eat. The burger is too spicy to be ...
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More on charting tenses [closed]

I saw an interesting post on here that shows tenses in a chart. I use an even more schematic chart to explain active tenses to foreign students. Given that you are all linguists I'd like to know ...
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Can the passive “to be amazed” be active?

I'm trying to find a way to write a sentence with active language where a character is amazed by something without making the something the subject of the sentence. For example: "Adam opened the ...
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“Has been changed” or “has changed”?

Debate with a fellow writer: should I say "My email ID has been changed" or "My email ID has changed"?
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How can I simplify this sentence? [closed]

"GHWC has solutions that address the root causes of common problems." "has solutions that" seems bulky and incorrect. I feel like it could be more active voice.
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Is the following sentence in the active or passive voice? [closed]

"The preparation for lodgment of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Department of Planning ("Planning") continues." Although I believe the previous sentence to be an agentless passive, ...
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Is 'I was kept waiting by him' correct?

In my English Wren and Martin Grammar book, the following sentence is converted from active to passive in the following way:- Active:He kept me waiting. Passive: I was kept waiting. But I was ...
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Using active voice without personal pronouns

When writing scientific research proposals I have been advised to try and stick to active voice because passive tends to sound indirect and to imply doubt. However, when writing in active voice, I ...
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Choice of an agent to give an active voice - me or the computer program

Background I am writing a scientific article that describes a computer program. Although it is common in the field to use a passive voice, it is also acceptable, and my preference, to diversify the ...
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Mix active and passive voice in the thesis

I am starting to write my thesis and was told not to use passive voice. But the active voice pronouns "I" and "we" do not sound right somehow and I even found this link How to Write... encouraging ...
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Is “acknowledge(accept status) sb + to + infinitive” valid?

When to acknowledge is used in the sense of to admit the gerund is used. I acknowledge having made a mistake. However, I was wondering what is the appropriate form in the sense of to accept ...
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“Issue #16 is being downloaded” vs “Downloading issue #16” [closed]

When downloading something on an application, I preferred the present continuous active voice form of the message, say something like "Downloading issue #16" However I have been asked to change it ...
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Change “The boys kicked the ball through the window” into passive voice

I was wondering which one would feel more natural. The ball was kicked through the window by the boys. The ball was kicked by the boys through the window. Personally I feel "kicked" ...
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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How to convert passive voice to active voice?

I am using a proofreading plugin for Wordpress and it says that I should not use passive voice (the selected parts) in the following phrase. How can I rephrase this to use active voice? The ...
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Present continuous form for oblique subject

Someone told me that the following is not correct: May the blessings of god always shower on you and should be May the blessings of god always be showered on you. My friend's argument is ...
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How to change a passive sentence having transitive verb to active voice?

Suppose take this sentence: The door is opened I am not very sure that it is in passive voice. But I think so. I am struggling converting it into active voice.(If it is already in active voice, how ...
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Use of active and passive voice

I want to know if there is any little difference between two given sentences. The focus of the writers has been moved towards the use of metaphors in their writings The focus of the writers ...
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Present simple Passive - Change in the meaning when translate from active to passive or Vice versa

I know that passives can not be formed if we don't have direct object. Except that do we have any other situation in which we cant convert active into passive OR Passive into active. From Active to ...
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What's the passive form of a transitive verb in imperative mood? [closed]

If I have the active-voice imperative-mood sentence, "Open your book," how do I convert that into a passive-voice construction?
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Is this in passive voice? + what are reasons for ever using passive?

Is the following sentence passive? (context: referring to the second dictionary entry definition for the word 'spiritual') This second usage of spiritual I do not approve of. I believe that ...
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Omission of agent in active voice

I love writing but grammar is seriously not my cup of tea so please forgive my ignorance. The case in point is: Henry’s eyes were gouged out by George. Is it possible to write this in active ...
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Proper use of passive and active voices? [duplicate]

My question is when passive voice is preferred over active voices and vice versa? I remember that I was taught that in scientific writings, passive voice was preferred over active voice. Is it ...
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Is this passive voice and if so, how do I change to active?

Women no longer were restricted under the control of their husbands and were able to go in pursuit for their own happiness.
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Active usage of “taken aback”

The expression to be taken aback is very common; a typical example sentence (that I just made up) would be I was taken aback by the way she laughed. However, I sometimes find myself wanting to ...
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Active or passive verbs

What is the difference between the following sentences: This product is sold very well. This product sells very well. If the meaning is the same, what pragmatic difference is there?
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present perfect tense usage [closed]

I have a question about present perfect tense. It would be great if you could help me figure that out. Today I was listening to "Everything has changed" and I noticed that when I talk about something ...
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“A crop grows” vs. “A crop is grown” — which is preferable? [closed]

Consider following sentence- Tea grows both in Assam and Ceylon. It can be made better as- Tea grows in both Assam and Ceylon. Or- Tea is grown in both Assam and Ceylon. I am confused to decide ...
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Verb types or mode of expression to convey lack of causality

In Biblical Hebrew there are two simple verb types (Qal grammatically active and Niphal passive) which covey no causation. They may be reflexive, permissive or tolerative or some combination. Would ...
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Shown doing: is it the grammatical passive?

I encountered this sentence today. The man is shown robbing the store. It is perfectly clear that this sentence is in passive form. However, if I reconvert it back to the active form, the ...
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Techniques for easy conversion from passive voice to active voice in the third person

Recently, a scientific paper of mine was rejected. One of the reviewers of my paper commented that I needed to convert the entire paper from a passive voice to an active voice. Currently, I'm using ...
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A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence [closed]

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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You can not go without taking permission

I am confused by this sentence: You can not go without taking permission. How can I convert it into the passive voice? I tried this: You can not go without permission being taken. But I'm ...
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Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
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“Fig. x depicts” vs. “As depicted in Fig. x” in scientific publications

My boss doesn't like it, if I use phrases like "Fig. x depicts" or "Fig. x shows" in scientific publications and wants me to use passive form instead. However, I didn't find any reference that the use ...
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active or passive voice sentence?

Statement : Govt asked about safety of northeast community.
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Passive for “Ram goes to school” [duplicate]

This is one timeless problem that every school boy in India has scratched his head over. What would be the passive for 'Ram goes to school' ? PS: Every students first guess is "The school was ...
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John has been doing work. Work has been being done by John [duplicate]

John has been doing work. Work has been being done by John. Can we make the passive of Present perfect Continuous tense? I read in different books that we can not make?
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“The data misses a desired object” vs. “a desired object is being missed in the data” [closed]

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? If the data misses a desired object, then information relevant to that object do not exist in the database. If a desired object is being ...
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Human verbs for things - bad style? [closed]

In writing on an academic topic concerned with IT systems and business stuff, my aim is to write with active formulations which liven the text. But I'm noticing that I tend to use human verbs for ...