Grammarly is displaying passive voice misuse in this sentence?

A mobile-friendly shopping website was developed to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones.

  • Your example is called a 'short passive' because there is no internalised complement (agent). The active version would be "X developed a mobile-friendly shopping website to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones". It seems OK to me.
    – BillJ
    Sep 19, 2020 at 9:55

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First of all, we have to assume a doer . Let's say the doer is Developer. Now the active voice of this sentence is "Developer developed a mobile -friendly shopping website to study e-commerce compatibilies in smartphones.

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    You've just repeated what I said in comments.
    – BillJ
    Sep 19, 2020 at 10:06
  • Yes, that is good. The purpose of comments is to enable questions to be answered. If you comment contains an answer, you should expect an answer to repeat what was said in comments!
    – James K
    Jun 16, 2023 at 6:12

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