The passive voice is a grammatical construction (a "voice") in which the subject of a sentence or clause denotes the recipient of the action (the patient) rather than the performer (the agent).

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Does “was forced” automatically imply some identifiable external activity?

In the following sentence The citizens were forced to render up their town to the conqueror. what does were forced mean exactly? Does it mean that some proactive party literally forced the ...
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Is “annoyed” passive?

If I say "I am annoyed", is that in the passive voice?
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Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation

As I'm not a native speaker and just finishing my dissertation in Computer Science, I wonder what style I should be using. In German (my native tongue) most dissertations, school-books and scientific ...
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How to associate a participle with an exact word in a sentence like 'List of items'?

I have a problem with a sentence "A list of items grouped by category". There are two possible ways to understand this sentence: (A list of items) that is grouped by category A list of (items that ...
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“The ticket is printing” vs “…is being printed”

You're standing in front of a ticket vending machine and it says "The ticket is printing". Is that correct or should it be "The ticket is being printed"? EDIT: If both are correct, which one should ...
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“Testing started” versus “testing has been started”

I wish to notify my colleagues that they may start testing because I have prepared the environment. Among the many ways to say this, I wonder whether I can say simply Testing started or Testing has ...
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Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be used?

Why is "to get" sometimes used where "to be" could be used? Examples: "The video got uploaded to the web site." vs. "The video was uploaded to the web site." "He got thrown in the pool." vs. "He ...
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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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What should I use instead of “prefixed with”?

When I want to report that a function name needs to start with a prefix, I write the function name must be prefixed with; when I do so, the spelling and grammar checker suggests me to rewrite the ...
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How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech?

How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech? I'm not interested in advice about whether or not to use it yet... I just want to know for sure what it is, so that I ...