Can you define passive voice in a few words?
Passive voice is a type of sentence structure that places the object of the action before the subject. It changes the usual order of the subject and object, and often includes a 'by' phrase to show the performer of the action. It's important to understand passive voice in order to write more effectively in English.
Passive Voice: Passive voice is a grammatical construction (a form of verb) where the subject of the sentence is not the one performing the action, but is instead receiving the action. Subject and Object: In a passive voice sentence, the subject and object are reversed. The subject receives the action instead of performing the action. Active Voice: Active voice is the opposite of passive voice, where the subject of the sentence is the one performing the action.
In English grammar, the passive voice is formed by using an auxiliary verb such as 'be' or 'get' plus the past participle form of the verb. The passive voice is used to emphasize the object of the sentence rather than the subject. The passive voice is used to describe ongoing or completed actions without specifying the agent or performer of the action.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using passive voice in writing?
What are some examples of passive voice in literature?
When have you used passive voice in writing and why?
What strategies can you use to identify passive voice in your writing?
Brain break: Draw a worm playing the guitar for a group of happy bugs.
Question: In what ways can you avoid using passive voice in your writing? Clues: • Passive voice is when the subject of a sentence receives the action instead of performing the action. • Active voice is when the subject of a sentence performs the action. • Passive voice is often less direct and can make sentences harder to understand. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work in pairs to discuss how you can identify passive voice in a sentence. B. Draw a picture that illustrates the difference between passive and active voice.
What is the passive voice?
- A sentence construction where the object of a verb is made to be the subject of a sentence
- A sentence construction where the subject performs the action stated by the verb
- A type of punctuation used at the end of a declarative sentence
Which tense forms are commonly used in passive voice?
- Present, past and future
- Present perfect, past perfect and future perfect
- Simple present and simple past
Which word is often used to signal that a verb should be in passive voice?
What happens to an active verb when it changes into passive?
- The object becomes the subject, and an auxiliary verb plus past participle of main verb are added.
- The subject becomes object, and auxiliary verbs are removed.
- The order of words remains unchanged.
Which sentence uses passive voice?
- The cake was eaten by my sister.
- I ate my sister's cake.
- 'That looks like fun,' she said.
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between active and passive voice, and when should you use each?