I am studying passive voice now, which phrase is correct? may be both?

  1. We were shown a very strange picture.
  2. A very strange picture was shown to us.

Thanks in advance.


They are both correct.

Passive voice is generally used to maintain an emphasis on a certain aspect of a story. If the story is focused on our experiences then you would probably use #1. If the story is focused on events that we just happened to be witnessing, then #2 might be preferable.

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    Additionally, in neither case does it matter who is doing the showing, which is why passive voice is used in the first place. – BobRodes Jun 30 '18 at 4:10

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