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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Why is the passive voice more prevalent in English than in other European languages? [closed]

Although the active voice is predominant in the English language the ‘ideal’ proportion of recommended passive sentences is still regarded as between 5% and 10%(source1) ( source2). Which is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 eaten. What's the ...
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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 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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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 commissioner was ...
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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 one?
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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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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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Moving from passive voice to active voice in a sentence

The following sentence was written in the passive voice: During the COVID-19 lockdown, most of the business was sent to work from home for several months. I have tried to rewrite it in the active ...
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Can “A vote for/against B” be turned into the passive “B was voted for (by A)”?

Is there a passive for "vote for/against"? I mean do such sentences as "The bill was voted for/against" really exist? If so, can the passive of this sentence "OPEC members voted for a second round of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make Passive of infinitive objects

I have been 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 ...
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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 invalid ...
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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 status....
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I am pleased with your answer. Is “pleased” a verb or an adjective? [duplicate]

Your answer pleases me(Active voice) I am pleased with your answer.(passive voice) I think it is difficult to say whether pleased is a participle or an adjective in the ...
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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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“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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Clarity when it comes to active and passive voice

I have been using Grammarly for a while now. I have decided to work on the clarity of my writing. One thing that pops up often is the passive voice error. However, I find that the passive voice seems ...
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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" should ...
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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 say ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Active and passive sentences

I was learning about ACTIVE and PASSIVE sentences and came across this particular example. I know a sentence is said to be Active when the subject of the particular sentence performs the action. For ...
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How to covert “My belief was shattered by the same rock called reality” to active voice?

The Hemingway editor asks me convert all passive voices to active voices. Is it recommended to do that 1. in all cases 2. in this case Why is it stressed that we use active voice?