Active and Passive Voice

Feb 3rd, 2012
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This study guide presents the differences between the Active Voice and the Passive Voice and how to recognize them. Conversion from Active to Passive is given by examples. The changes in the subject order and tense is highlighted. More examples from Active to passive showing the main tenses in the active form are given.The guide ends with Exercises on recognizing the two forms together with their solutions .

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1 Active means that someone (the subject) does something (the verb) to someone/something (the object).Examples: 1. The hunter killed the lion.2. We saved the drowning baby.3. The thief stole the jewels.4. The painter is painting some pictures.In all these the order is S - V -O (subject , verb, object)Now the same examples written in Passive form:1. The lion was killed by the hunter.2. The drowning baby was saved by us.3. The jewels were stolen by the thief.4. Some pictures are being painted by the artist.Notice that the order has been reversed:the person/ thing which is having something done toit is written first. 2 The verb also has to change otherwise it would not make sense or the meaning wouldchange. We cannot say: The lion killed the hunter or The jewels stole the thief.So in example 1. killed becomes was killed in example 2 saved becomes was saved

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