ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICES/ EXAMPLES/ PRACTICE QUESTIONS

 ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICES

The active voice describes a sentence where the subject performs the action stated by the verb. It follows a clear subject + verb + object construct that's easy to read. In fact, sentences constructed in the active voice add impact to your writing.

For being an active voice it should follow this rule

Active Voice Sentence = actor + verb + target

With passive voice, the subject is acted upon by the verb. It makes for a murky, roundabout sentence; you can be more straightforward with active voice. As such, there are many ways to change the passive voice to the active voice in your sentences.

For being an passive voice it should follow this rule

Passive Voice Sentence = target + verb + actor

The Subject Changes in Each Voice!

Before we explore a wealth of examples, let's review some active writing tips. You'll notice that, in the passive voice examples below, there are a few key words. Examples include:

is - is roamed; is viewed

was - was changed; was run

were - were eaten; were corroded



Pay special attention to the subject in each sentence. Is the subject performing the action denoted by the verb? If so, chances are you have a nice, clear sentence, written in active voice.

Active and Passive Voice Example with Answers of Present Simple Tense

1> Active: He reads a novel.

Passive: A novel is read.

2> Active: He does not cook food.

Passive: Food is not cooked by him.

3> Active: Does he purchase books?

Passive: Are books purchased by him?

4> Active: They grow plants.

Passive: Plants are grown by them.

5> Active: She teaches me.

Passive: I am taught by her.

6>Active:  It should bee done that way 

Pasive: its is done this way

Change the voice .

1> Performance was measured.

2> Python was invented by Guido van Rossum in the twentieth century.

3> David Korn discovered the KornShell quite by accident.

4> This information is used by the policy enforcement team.

5> Click the Submit button.

6> The orbit was calculated by Katherine Johnson.

7> Harry ate six shrimp at dinner.

8> Beautiful giraffes roam the savannah.

9> Sue changed the flat tire.

10> We are going to watch a movie tonight.

11> I ran the obstacle course in record time.

12> The crew paved the entire stretch of highway.

13> Mom read the novel in one day.

14> I will clean the house every Saturday.

15> The two kings are signing the treaty

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