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Questions tagged [active-voice]

a voice of verbs used to indicate that the subject of a sentence is performing the action or causing the event or process described by the verb, as 'kicked' in "the boy kicked the football"

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Passive or active: blood pressure was elevated or blood pressure elevated?

Which of these is the correct usage? Blood pressure was elevated to X. OR Blood pressure elevated to X.
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Having an issue with active voice and passive voice sentences

"should be returned to the same". what can I write instead of this to avoid the passive voice error or can be written in an active voice?
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Need help in converting passive voice to active voice

I have the following sentences: A Struct's member can't be defined as abstract, virtual or protected. It is also called as Rectangular Arrays. I need to convert them into active voice. Can ...
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Correcting passive voice

I would like to be prepared for X. How can this sentence be improved to use active voice?
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“Focus on” or “be focused on”: what're the nuances?

After viewing a couple of threads on the Internet, I found that both the legitimacy or the explanation of "focus on" (active voice form) and "be focused on" (passive voice form) seemed controversial. ...
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Convert active to passive

Need help converting this sentence to passive voice:- The students will assemble in the hall. I think it should be:- The hall will be assembled by the students. But it sounds like students are ...
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Passive to Active voice

Can someone explain why this sentence is considered passive voice. Also convert it to active voice. "The recruits are tested and qualified for the finals".
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Changing the passive infinitive into the active voice

This problem has been bothering me for almost a week. I was hoping for that lightbulb moment but it's still dark in the attic, so here I am. In the English coursebook, MyGrammarLab Advanced C1/C2, ...
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Active or passive

The blocks are well fitted. Is it Active or passive sentence? It seems active but I am not sure whether the verb fitted is tranistive or not
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Passive form of “Dogs like to chase Cats”

I am unable to find the solution. A friend asked me this question What will be the passive of the sentence? "Dogs like to chase Cats"
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Change to passive voice

I want to convert this sentence into passive voice: Students of our school cast their votes to elect the school captain. Now, this has two options: A) Votes are cast by the students of our school ...
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Passive voice warning - grammerly

I'm currently writing my thesis and checking my grammar with Grammarly software. English isn't my first language and I'm always getting a warning saying the sentence is written in the passive voice ...
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Are these sentences considered passive or active?

"The business is concerned about the trade war." "The trade war is concerning to the business." Are either of these sentences active or passive? I know in sentences like "He is " Or "The business ...
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“with” + number/somebody + gerund

In IELTS writing tasks, I often come across examples like these: For part-time work the opposite is true, with women earning an average of $5 per hour. and Canada is the reverse of the world ...
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How can I express “expire” in active tense?

I want to say that I make something "expire". The closest I can think of is "invalidate", but I would like to use a variation of this specific word. Is there any way to express an active tense of ...
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usage of “X serves to Y”

I just saw a paragraph that started with this sentence: "This article serves to discuss native advertising with software engineers." What is the justification for using "serves to" instead of just ...
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Passive to Active voice conversion [closed]

What would be the active voice of, "I had often been told that the rock before me was haunted by a genie."
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Please convert into passive voice [closed]

What will be the passive voice of the following sentence? "They have made a film based on this novel."
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What is this kind of passive form?

I understand passive sentence, e.g: The boy was bitten by a dog. But this sentence I think the verb "convinced" is a passive, but I don't understand how it works I’m leaving this university ...
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In the active voice, does the verb need to be transitive and have an object complement?

Most definitions of the active voice I've come across define it as a sentence where the subject is the agent of an action verb, and some definitions state that the verb must be transitive and requires ...
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I have a question about active and passive voice [duplicate]

I find the standard examples of active and passive voice on, say, Purdue Owl to be pretty obvious. For example, "He kicked the ball" versus "The ball was kicked by him." For the examples, Someone was ...
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Active form of “I love being given…”

What is the active form of ‘I love being given presents’? I came up with ‘I love people giving me present’. But then I can’t change this into a passive.
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which is better, “We hope our close partnership can continue or can be continued well into the future”? [closed]

which is better, "We hope our close partnership can continue well into the future" or "We hope our close partnership can be continued well into the future"?
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Are there only active and passive voices in English? [closed]

If I throw a ball at someone; that is active. If someone throws a ball at me - and it hits me in the face; that is passive. But if someone throws a ball at me, and I catch it; that is 'responsive'. ...
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Passive voice sentence in “The New Colossus” excerpt

I'm in 10th grade English, and for my assignment I have to highlight three sentences in this excerpt in The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus. ... "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses ...
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how do I transform “that can be used” into active voice? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: The SuperAPI is the API that can be used to configure a Higher-Order model. When this sentence exists in a Microsoft® Office 365 Word document, the grammar ...
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When can auxiliary “have” for a past participle in a modifier be omitted?

In the 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall writes: Arrived at the church, she and Wanda would stand looking down between the tall, massive columns of the porch, on a Paris of domes ...
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Convert a weak sentence into strong one [closed]

Is the below sentence weak? He who can fool a customer should not be treated without disgust. I have read in many manuals that using passive voice is weak in things like story and essays. ( ...
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Why did the present participle become more popular than a regular active verb?

I've been studying Latin by myself as a kid in middle school, and I've gotten fairly advanced with it. However, in Latin and most other languages, the present participle is/was almost never used in ...
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Help with active/passive voice

How would I write the following sentence in active voice? I have never been impressed with the Netflix app. I am using Hemingway app to write a piece and it complains (highlighting been impressed) ...
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Is it active or passive voice : Your proposal was objected to and everyone laughed at you.' [closed]

What is the voice in this sentence: Your proposal was objected to and everyone laughed at you. And what will be the changed voice? Isn't the sentence a mixture of passive and active voice?
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Why use active voice in “Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre”? [duplicate]

I think the five people were killed in the aircraft from this news. The headline is: Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre Why use active voice rather than passive ...
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Is it correct to use the verb “ phone” in the passive form? [closed]

In case of an active sentence formed by a verb + indirect object, may it be transformed into passive sentence or not? For example, could the following sentence be turned into passive? Claire ...
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Passive of infinitive objects

I am reading Micheal Swan's English Grammar. There is a point in passive section: We hope to make a profit this year (active) But it cannot be made passive as: *It is hoped to make a profit this ...
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What is the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences, if any? [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences, if any? He had his wallet stolen in Barcelona. (Active) His wallet got stolen in Barcelona. (Passive) Have you ever had ...
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How could I rewrite the sentence in active voice?

I have a passive voice as follows: The algorithm is naturally designed for texture classification. It is a passive voice. Could I rewrite the above sentence in active voice?
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Active Passive Voice

My niece had to change the following to Passive Voice: Who broke the vase? She answered: The vase was broken by whom? The teacher says this is ungrammatical and the answer should be: Whom ...
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clad as an active verb?

I've been spending some time on a home repair forum and I keep coming across the word clad used in the imperative or present tense active form. E.g. Clad your home in brick. He clads his home in ...
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Verb confusion whether to use active or passive [closed]

Which of the following is correct? computer games designed to involve many players or computer games were designed to involve many players I assume the latter one is correct. Can anyone explain ...
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Changing active into passive [closed]

What is the passive voice of the following sentence: Has anybody done all the work? Could you please explain in detail how this is done?
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Active voice in mathematical physics derivation

Im currently writing an undergraduate physics report, collaborating with a large group of people. One of our sections requires some LONG lagrangian derivations for various systems. Now, everyone ...
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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 that ...
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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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When to use active and passive form of sentence? [closed]

I want to while writing formal documents like reports etc. How to decide when to use which form of the sentence.
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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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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 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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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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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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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?