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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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Help with converting active to passive (or vice versa)

Active: I want him to write the letter. Passive: I want the letter to be written/written by him(?). Can I use 'by him'? My grammar books didn't use it. Passive - The poor girls are married at ...
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Use of “By” at the start of a sentence

I had an exam yesterday. There was question involving the changing of voice. We shall have finished our work by March next. The answer to this is apparently Our work will have been finished by us ...
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Converting sentences from active to passive voice

A: I am dancing in the party. B: I am jumping into the river with friends. I have a little bit confusion about the 'active and passive' forms of a sentence. Can we make the passive of above ...
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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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passive to active voice using modal

This word cannot be uttered by a sane man. If this sentence is changed into the active voice which one is more appropriate and why? a) A sane man cannot utter this word b) A sane man will not utter ...
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Can we say 'The ecological pressures have reduced. "?

I came upon this sentence in a translation: "The ecological pressures resulting from traditional livestock rearing practices will reduce while continuing to meet people's nutritional needs." However,...
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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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Passive/Active Voice

Why is the active voice better than passive voice in the following sentence? I really feel that the passive voice fits perfectly well. "The marketplace is filled with intense competition" "Intense ...
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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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active voice and passive voice

What is the passive voice of: "I will convey my decision to you in a week" My decision will be conveyed to you in a week by me. You will be conveyed my decision in a week by me.
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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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Usage of Active Voice without subject

Is it possible to use active voice, if we don't want to mention the subject. For example: Is it possible to convert "The room was cleaned " as an active voice statement
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We decided to leave early

We decided to leave early. How to change this into passive form? Are they ? We decided that we should leave early. Or We decided early should be left. Please help me teachers.
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Changing “The money was stolen” into active voice

I have the following passive clause: The money was stolen. Is there any transformation of it into active voice? Or it will remain like this?
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(am/are/is) being married

To make things simpler I assume that getting and being in the following sentences have the same meaning. So I will use being as less colloquial. I am being (getting) married. (passive) This ...
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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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Active to Passive voice

Active: My mother will be washing my clothes. Passive: My clothes will be being washed by my mother. Is this correct? It feels very odd to use 'be being' together like this.
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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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Change “I had a car” to passive voice

Change the voice from active to passive of the following sentence: I had a car. The active sentence is "I had a car". In passive form is it "a car had had been by me" or some other answer? I found ...
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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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Had been shifted vs had shifted

The modifications made by them in the draft were so drastic that the entire emphasis ______ shifted. I'm not able to make out which one, out of had and had been, I should use in this sentence. I ...
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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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What is the difference between “writing in” and “written in”?

I read an article of Economist, and now I have a question. Chamberlain returned home believing that he had cast-iron assurances from Hitler not to invade Czechoslovakia, famously waving the letter ...
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Change “I must go and look for my brothers.” from active voice to passive voice

Sentence: I must go and look for my brothers. I need to change this sentence to passive voice. What would be the correct passive voice form of this sentence? I think the verb here is "look". My ...
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Is “you will hurt” correct?

Is it correct to say 'you will hurt' or 'you will get hurt'? I read this quote on the net: “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what ...
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i would like to know how to make active voice

What would be the active voice of below mentioned sentence. "India is known as peace loving country"
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Active/Passive Voice

I am bit confused about the question below as to which option suits the best.. Q) Who asked you to draft this letter? Now in the passive voice, I have two options, which are: a) By whom were you ...
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any example of an “active voice” verb used in a “verb-ed” form as a modifier

Not a grammarian, in the following paragraphs, I use the terms "active vs passive" voices to refer to an "executor" or a "recipient" of a verb. I do not know if a demanded job makes any sense in ...
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Active voice of “They expect to be invited”

They expect to be invited Here, this sentence is a passive voice. What is the active voice of it. If it haven't then give reasons please.
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Are all transitive verbs intransitive too?

I was reading about transitive and intransitive verbs from a website and it said that some words can be both transitive and intransitive: like the verb "run" in, He runs for four miles daily. (...
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Replying with “neither” in passive for active sentence

For example: They don't allow you to enter the room. How to say that they don't allow me to enter too? What is the shortest way to say it? Is it possible to use neither in such situation? Neither do ...
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Passive voice and active voice

How can I change this sentence from active to passive without changing its structure? My student has found those words in that thesaurus.
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Question on active and passive voice

WE can correct the below sentence by adding "was" before assigned verb A new textbook focused on recent advances in artificial intelligence assigned by our instructor. But why do we want to ...
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Passive or Active

Throughout history, with the developing of high technology, surgeries ______. a. Have evolved b. Have been evolved Which one is correct? I feel like the verb evolve cannot be transitive in this ...
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Should involve.. usage of the word involve

Is this grammatically correct?: I strongly agree that children should involve in group activities I'm not sure if this option is better and more accurate: I strongly agree that children should ...
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Is “these toys need to go away” passive or active?

This morning, I wanted my son to put some toys away, so I told him: These toys need to go away. Then, I started thinking about whether this sentence is active or passive voice. The following ...
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When can I use “having + past participle”?

I wonder whenever should we use Having + past participle Instead of Verb + ing Whereas its more common to use verb + ing instead of having + past participle. For example : Having finished ...
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What will be the passive form of 'He walks slowly on the road'?

I'm preparing for my exam and need to know how to convert sentences from active to passive. My first response to this question was Slowly, he walks on the road. But I thought that that's still active ...
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Can passive voice and active voice be used in one sentence?

Here is the sentence: Fifteen new people have been recruited and five resigned. or Fifteen new people have been recruited and five have resigned. According to me sentence number 2 ...
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apply or be applied?

If I'm talking about a promotional offer that one can take advantage of more than once within a given period, should I say "The offer can apply multiple times" or "The offer can be applied multiple ...
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In active/passivebwhen to avoid by + subject in the passive form

She ordered the family to be shifted. The family were ordered to be shifted by her. The family were ordered to be shifted. My query in this question is: Out of the two passive forms which one should ...