Use the active voice Download

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The following is review of verbs and tenses. Most college classes want students to use active voice in
nonfiction work.
Use the active voice
At the heart of every good sentence is a strong, precise verb; the converse is true as well--at
the core of most confusing, awkward, or wordy sentences lies a weak verb.
Try to use the active voice whenever possible.
Active vs. passive voice
In a sentence written in the active voice, the subject of sentence performs the action. In a
sentence written in the passive voice the subject receives the action.
EXAMPLES:
Active: The candidate believes that Congress must place a ceiling on the budget.
Passive: It is believed by the candidate that a ceiling must be placed on the budget by Congress.
Active: Researchers earlier showed that high stress can cause heart attacks.
Passive: It was earlier demonstrated that heart attacks can be caused by high stress.
Active: The dog bit the man.
Passive: The man was bitten by the dog.
(above definitions provided by https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_activevoice.html)
Print this page. Then do the work. Please write either active or passive in
the box provided. Thank you.
1) They often listen to music. 2) She is reading the newspaper now. 3) These cars are produced in Japan. 4) Alan teaches Geography. 5) German is spoken in Austria. 6) Lots of houses were destroyed by the earthquake in 1906. 7) Henry Ford invented the assembly line. 8) The bus driver was hurt yesterday. 9) You should open your workbooks. 10) Houses have been built. -
Part II: Place the following nouns (subjects) into sentences that only use the
active voice. You choose the verb you’d like to use.
Nouns (subjects):
Students
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Athletes
College
Football
Baseball
Waiter
Books