Passive and Active Voice

Today was another altered schedule due to Junior Achievement Day! I saw 5th, 3rd, and 4th periods, and we worked on passive/active voice and took a quiz.

Everyone will take a very similar quiz very soon, and it will be a common quiz, so it’ll be worth big points! Make sure you understand passive and active voice! 🙂

Passive:
The world was conquered by pioneers.

Active:
Pioneers conquered the world.

Ask yourself: Is the “ACTor” in the sentence before the verb? If so, you’ve got an ACTive sentence. In general, active voice is better writing, but in some cases, the actor is not meant to be the focus.

For example,

Stores will be closed on Monday.

Does it really matter who is doing the closing? Not really, so passive voice is probably better than active in this case.

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