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Active and passive voice

Active and Passive Voice

8th grade language arts

View short videos on active passive voice
View Short Videos on Active/Passive Voice


Active voice
Active Voice

  • The subject of the sentence performs the action (subject will come before verb)

    • Remember subject is who or what the sentence is about and the verb is the action taking place!

  • Preferable voice to use in writing

Examples of active voice
Examples of Active Voice

  • The manate five hamburgers.

  • Mary mailed the letter.

  • Colorful parrots live in the rain forest.

Passive voice
Passive Voice

  • The subject receives the action of the verb

  • You can recognize passive-voice expressions because the verb phrase will always include a form of be, such as am, is, was, were, are, or been. HOWEVER the presence of a be-verb, however, does not necessarily mean that the sentence is in passive voice.

  • Avoid using this voice when writing

Examples of passive voice
Examples of Passive Voice

  • An ‘A’ was given to Mike.

  • The letter wasmailed by Mary.

  • Five hamburgers must have been eaten by the man.

Identify the voice each sentence uses
Identify the Voice Each Sentence Uses

  • Harry ate six shrimp at dinner.

    • active

  • At dinner, six shrimp were eaten by Harry.

    • passive

  • Beautiful giraffes roam the savannah.

    • active

  • The savannah is roamed by beautiful giraffes.

    • passive

  • Sue changed the flat tire.

    • active

  • The flat tire was changed by Sue.

    • passive

  • We are going to watch a movie tonight.

    • active