Such rumors are commonly heard these days.

I converted this as:

We hear these rumors commonly these days.

Is it the correct active form?

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    You attempt is in the active voice. We have to create a subject since there was none in the original. "We" is a decent choice.
    – TimR
    Jul 7, 2017 at 12:59
  • It's quite often to hear such rumors these days.
    – Cardinal
    Jul 7, 2017 at 17:50
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    @Cardinal that sentence is not grammatical and if you corrected it so it was, it would be passive voice.
    – Brillig
    Jul 11, 2017 at 18:03
  • The passive counterpart is an unstated group of people. Therefore people hear these rumors would be my first thought but we is an acceptable substitution, since it implies that the we doing the hearing are people. I up-voted @Tᴚoɯɐuo's earlier comment to that effect.
    – Brillig
    Jul 11, 2017 at 18:06
  • @Brillig Is it grammatically wrong? or It's unidiomatic? It's interesting!
    – Cardinal
    Jul 11, 2017 at 18:08

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Your suggestion is valid, but would mark you as not being a native speaker of English. Idiomatic English normally places the adverb close to the verb it modifies, so "We commonly hear such rumors these days." would be a better formulation. Another alternative, perceived as more formal (or perhaps more British, as opposed to more American), might be to use the indefinite subject one: One commonly hears such rumors these days.

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