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 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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“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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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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Can a text read itself or can it only be read? [duplicate]

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 book, ... As ...
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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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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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active-passive voice related question [duplicate]

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