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RETEACH
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VERBS IN ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE
When writing a report, or any other formal text, it is best to use the active voice.
This means that your sentences are constructed so that the subject of the sentence
is performing the action.
ACTIVE VOICE EXAMPLE: His fans adore him.
The sentence above is written in the active voice, meaning that His fans is the
subject of the sentence, and they are performing the action of adoring.
In the passive voice, the sentence is constructed so that the object is performing
the action. We can change the active sentence above to be passive by exchanging
the subject and the object.
PASSIVE VOICE EXAMPLE: He was adored by his fans.
Here, the fans still adore him, but He is now the subject of the sentence and his
fans is an object.
DIRECTIONS: Underline the verb
in each sentence. Then, write A if the verb is in
the active voice or P if the verb is in the passive voice.
1.
Yesterday, we celebrated Mom’s birthday.
2.
Decorations were put up all over the house.
3.
I baked a cake and Thomas bought flowers.
4.
A lovely dinner was made.
5.
After dinner, we made a fire and enjoyed each others’ company.
6.
Mom said she was excited to see everyone.
7.
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It was almost one in the morning when we realized how late it was.
8.
Mom went to bed, tired but happy.
9.
The kitchen was cleaned the next day.
10.
A grand time was had by all.
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PRACTICE
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Date:
VERBS IN ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE
A. DIRECTIONS: Underline the verb in each sentence. Then, write A if the verb is in
the active voice or P if the verb is in the passive voice.
1.
The kicker missed the point after the touchdown.
2.
Several people were arrested by the police.
3.
The wheat crop was ruined by a sudden storm.
4.
The guest speaker told the audience about the South Pole.
5.
Dan Angelo caught a ten-foot shark off Block Island.
6.
An urban renewal program will be organized by the town council.
7.
The code has been broken by the spies.
8.
Superb Foods, Inc. will build a new market in North Mall.
B. DIRECTIONS: Revise each sentence by changing the passive voice to the active
voice or the active voice to the passive voice.
1.
The old sofa was hauled down to the basement by Barney.
2.
The boat was tossed and lifted by the wild sea.
3.
The way an engine works has never been understood by David.
4.
The phone had been hung up suddenly by Rey.
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