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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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active-passive voice related question [duplicate]

Please tell me the passive form (if there is) of the following sentence: Leave at once. ???