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"Active voice" is the term used for constructions in which the subject of the verb is the agent of the action.

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Change the voice: "He does not like people laughing at him."

"He does not like people laughing at him." Here the subject is "He" and the object is "people laughing at him". Now, I will have to make "people laughing at him"...
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In the sentence "I was made to accept the proposal" is the verb "made" in passive voice? and how would it be in active? [closed]

I cannot figure out if it's a passive structure.
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What's the active form of "The ball was being kicked by a little boy"?

I believe the active form is "A little boy was kicking the ball" but when i choose that option as my answer for an english test, it was the incorrect option. The test didn't reveal the ...
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Is this use of passive voice appropriate? "I had been lost for quite a while"

I am using the hemingway editor to improve my prose. I was writing an intro and it suggested not to use passive voice. However, I was unable to find a proper active voice for the sentence which also ...
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English grammar active voice

I'm learning active and passive voice. I am stuck on this question. Q. Designer clothes were sold to the masses by Pierre Cardin. In the book, the answer is Pierre Cardin sold designer clothes to the ...
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Voice change in English grammar

Change the voice: "Is this given to him by him?" I'm confused between "Does he give him this?" and "Does he give this to him?" Which one is the correct answer?
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What is the difference between "doing something" vs "having something done to you"?

I know this sounds like an impressively easy answer but here's the problem. I am in a pickle due to grammar and I can't for the life of me find my answer anywhere online. I have had a friend make the ...
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Why the Non-finite verb in the past participle can be used in the sentence with active meaning?

Please arrive by seven o'clock tomorrow morning, dressed in comfortable clothes. People dress in comfortable clothes. The action of dressing for people to clothes is active. Why is the Non-finite ...
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Is "persists" or "insists" correct in "He persists/insists in wearing..."? [closed]

He _________ in wearing the old fashioned coat in spite of his wife's disapproval. What is the general difference in usage between "persists" and "insists"? Which fits into this ...
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Doubt regarding passive voice of "The apples will rot in no time."

My teacher says it should get transformed into, "In no time the apples will rot." I think it should be, "In no time the apples will be rotten." This is because if I were to change ...
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

The plane was crashed and the passengers _________ perished (OR) were perished The given answer is perished. According to my understanding, Since and is a conjunction, it connects passive voice with ...
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Can a book be an active voice?

Original sentence in a passive voice: In this book, the system for mind training of short exercises was developed. Is this sentence legal? (Can a book develop?) This book developed the system for ...
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What are the verb properties of sentences of this type?

"Click on the Open File button." This is a common type of sentence that's communicated in technical documentation. I'm trying to understand the five properties of the verb used in sentences ...
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Passive Voice vs. Active Voice, or not?

I am wondering which of the following sentence is grammarly correct, and why? Your specific answer will be of great help! In fact, Beijing's hutongs* are in different width ranging from 40 ...
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I feel like I am already relaxing/relaxed

There are a husband and wife talking about something. H: Do you reckon it is any good? W: I hope so. H: Oh, it's good. It's perfect. Just as I remember it. W: Really? H: Well done. Actually it is ...
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Would you categorize this sentence in active or passive voice?

Is this sentence in active or passive voice? "The book I tore is in pieces.". Is the book the subject here or is it 'I'? If the book is the subject, what's 'tore'?
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How do i get rid of the passive voice misuse error?

What is the correct way to get rid of the error here? The sentence goes like These books are expensive. A book grant must be sanctioned. If I change it to These books are expensive. There must be a ...
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I tried to turn active sentences into passive sentences. Do I have it right? If I have mistakes, I'd appreciate it if you could fix them

1- The two countries have serious historical differences that span issues including religion, ethnicity and of course, politics. 1A- The two nations have genuine verifiable contrasts that length ...
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"Has this experience been enjoyable for you?" How to convert it into active voice?

I want to convert the following passive voice into active voice "Has this experience been enjoyable for you?" How can I convert it into active voice?
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"The updated schedule will be informed soon" Can this sentence be converted to active voice?

The updated schedule will be informed soon I can't figure out the subject, verb & object from this sentence. So I can't convert this to active voice. Does this sentence have any mistakes at all?
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Time frame of past perfect passive in this sentence

Can somebody explain to me the time frame of this sentence. Archeological sites in the remote locations are not likely to have been previously identified. I also tried to simplify it Archeological ...
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Having + object + Past participle and having + object + bare infinitive

What is the difference in these two sentences. I am quite confused The minister had eggs thrown at him. [past participle] The minister had a woman throw eggs at him. [bare infinitive] I think the ...
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How can I change passive into an active form in the following sentence?

Grammarly is displaying passive voice misuse in this sentence? A mobile-friendly shopping website was developed to study e-commerce compatibilities in smartphones.
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"Use X, not Y" in passive voice [closed]

How to "switch" this sentence from the active voice to the passive one? Active voice: Use X, not Y. Passive voice, first version: It must be used X, not Y. Passive voice, second version: ...
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"No sooner..than" passive voice construction

I am confused as to what the passive voice of the "No sooner.... than" construction would be. For example: No sooner did he reach the station than the train started In my opinion, the answer ...
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Can "to be", as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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Writing about website component in active voice

I can't seem to figure out how the below sentence would be written in a passive voice, even though my spelling software is complaining about it. Is there a way to rewrite it that I'm not seeing? "...
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"Object to" phrasal verb or not

He objected to the proposal. The above is a sentence to change into passive voice from a grammar book. The answer was also given. According to the Oxford dictionary, object is given as intransitive in ...
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Help changing active to passive voice in this sentence?

What would be the passive of the sentence? He will have eaten the whole mango by the time I eat a single piece. Simply, I want to know that what would be the change in time clause, other than ...
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what is the passive voice form of the question?

1 John likes drinking water. this is what i tried "drinking water has been liked by john". what is the passive voice form of the above sentence?
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Which sentence is correct?'

Which is correct? 'They are showing the tv program at the moment. ' or 'They are being shown the tv program at the moment.'
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Complete the line - passive voice

I have a homework, I have to complete the text and there is a sentence She still ________ to be a Russian hero. I have to add the word CONSIDER in correct form. I thought it's She is still ...
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Passive Voice when third person is YOU

What is the passive voice of "you have completed the assignment", is it "The assignment have been completed by you"?
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What is the active form of "to be invited to"

I have the following sentence: I will be more than happy to have an opportunity to be invited to your institution... Microsoft Word complains on it: passive voice (consider revising). So my ...
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Confusing example of active and passive

There is asentence which has confused me a lot. Margarine category was recorded least. Least recorded category was Margarine. Which sentence is active and which is passive. I am facing ...
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To infinitive VS bare infinitive

He made me laugh(active) I was made to laugh by him(passive voice) In the active voice made is followed by personal object and bare infinitive. But in the passive voice made is followed ...
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"Get going" VS. "Get gone"

I've looked it up for the meanings. What I was wondering now is the grammar part. Could anyone tell me how they differ in meanings relating to the present participle and past participle?
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Changing "I was inducted into X" into active voice

I am so confused about how to change passive to active. How do I say: I was inducted into the National Honor Society in active voice?
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When talking about planned actions vs unplanned actions, What would be the right form...?

"we are focused" vs "We focus". It would be great if these are explained with multiple Examples..! Thanks in Advance.
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Active passive problem

(Active voice): He has written a poem which fascinates everyone My problem here is , in active voice the object is the poem then passive voice should be : A poem has been written by him which ...
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It spells vs it is spelt

Why do we use the active form of verbs rather than using the passive form of it. For example, it spells as “W.O.R.k” it is spelt as “W.O.R.K” And the oranges sell at $2 Lb the ...
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The show has started OR The show has been started

The show has started. It means: Show has started doing something. For example: I have written an essay. It means I am the one who write. How can the show do something by itself? How can this ...
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Does anyone know how to make this sentence active? [closed]

How to turn this sentence into active voice: He expected to be taken care of. Thanks.
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In passive voice, Is using "by" after verb a rule?

I am learning how to change Active Voice to Passive Voice. Consider the following: He pleases everybody Everybody is pleased by him/Everybody is pleased with him. Your behavior surprises me. ...
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passive to active reconstruction

The clerks are trained to provide customers with exceptional service. Active:Someone (unknown) trains the clerks to provide customers with exceptional service. to provide customers with exceptional ...
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An active construction with a passive meaning used in "there were ... " sentence pattern

I am writting a recommendation letter for one of my employees in support of his application for graduate school in Canada and English is not my native language obviously. There is a sentence: "In ...
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Does "I've temporarily suspended" mean that I did it?

I use "I've temporarily suspended activity on SOru" in my profile description. And I've thought that it means that "I'm not active on site anymore". But one guy said that I'm wrong, and told‫‪‫‪​​​​​​...
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I feel good vs It feels good

We can say: I feel good when I'm hanging out with my friends. This this the active voice. But why it is also correct to say Hanging out feels good. when the passive voice is used? Why the ...
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Does the tense change when we convert between active and passive voice?

Here are some examples I know of: Present: The magic is performed on stage by the magician The magician performs the magic on stage. Past: Chester kicked the ball. The ball was kicked by ...
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Confunsion over active and passive

Look at the lines under the point "Health Concerns". In this line there is a line which reads Health concerns "A health survey was conducted with the local people... it found that diseases ...
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