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In passive voice, the subject does not perform the action of the sentence. Instead, the subject receives the action.
The test was taken by sixty eight students.
A solution was found for the problem.
Four interceptions were thrown during yesterday's game.
In general, writers and speakers should
limit the use of passive voice because
passive voice is wordy and indirect.
Instead, writers and speakers should
use active voice unless they make a
deliberate and purposeful choice to
use passive voice.
Active and Passive Voice
Verb Tenses Active Voice Passive Voice
Simple present Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are made by everyone.
Simple past He forgot his keys. His keys were forgotten.
Simple future Many people will run the race. The race will be run by many people.
Present perfect Joe has donated a lot of money. A lot of money has been donated by Joe.
Past perfect Sue had pitched six innings. Six innings had been pitched by Sue.
Future perfect Sai will have written many essays. Many essays will have been written by Sai.
Modals We could win the game. The game could be won by us.
My parents might buy a new car. A new car might be bought by my parents.
Quincy should draw portraits. Portraits should be drawn by Quincy.