Writing: A College Handbook - Verbs: Active and Passive Voice (Ch. 24)


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The voice of a verb depends on the relation between the verb and its subject. When the subject of a verb acts, the verb is in the active voice; when the subject is acted upon, the verb is in the passive voice. The active voice stresses the activity of the subject and helps to make a sentence direct, concise, and vigorous. The passive voice presents the subject as the target of an action.

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