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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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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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Why in shops do they put “B sold here” instead of “B sells here”?

I know “B sold here” is the right form. But I don't know why it's the right form instead of “B sells here”?
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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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“is being” vs “has been” [closed]

What is the difference between following sentence constructions? It has been developed vs. It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held is being: what is the grammar ...
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“originated” or “was originated”

The first calendar was originated in Egypt. The first calendar originated in Egypt. Which voice is suitable for the word "originate", active or passive voice?
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Why is the active voice used in “it reads better”?

I stumbled upon a phrase in a book (about JavaScript): The . notation is preferred because it is more compact and it reads better. The . notation cannot read, as far as I understand. It can be ...
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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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Can a sentence contain two passive constructions?

We had no sooner started the work than he closed the door. The following two sentences are passive construction of the above example. Please have a look: The work had no sooner been started than the ...
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Active verbs with passive meaning when followed by 'gerund' or 'to-infinitive'

One of my friends told me that some verbs have passive meanings when they are followed by a gerund, and they have both active and passive meanings when they are followed by to-infinitive. I asked him ...
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Two ways to form the passive voice? [duplicate]

What should be the passive voice of below given sentence? My father promised me a gift. I am confused between these two options . A gift was promised to me by my father. Or I was promised a ...
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Verbs that can be changed into passive contruction?

A transitive verb that expresses an action can be transformed into passive construction. For example, "The boys carried the piano into the house" can be revised into "The piano was carried by the boys ...
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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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why do we see far more questions about rewriting active as passive than the other way around?

I haven't been on the forum for a long time, but long enough to see that there are far more questions about recasting sentences in the active voice into the passive than the other way around. I ...
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Change to active form:

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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“market opened” or “market was opened”; how can 'a market' open itself?

EDIT: Question has been rephrased for better understanding. I apologise for my mistake. I am confused how to use active and passive voice. Please help me with the sentences below. Source states ...
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Standards “have changed” or “have been changed”?

I want to say that current standards in education are not tha same as they were in some time in the past. I wonder if I should use the passive or active voice here. A lot of standards in ...
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Active voice, “Do not smoke” to passive voice

The following sentence is in the active voice: "Do not smoke." What is its equivalent in the passive voice? 1- Let the smoke not be done. or 2- Smoking is prohibited.
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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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What is the active form of 'I must be scolded for my folly.'

I must be scolded for my folly. Please kindly change into active. I changed it like this: is it correct? He must scold me for my folly.
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Way to join two sentences

Even though, the line segments are rectified by the orientation, awkward short edges are still appeared. Therefore, a simplification step is important. What is the rule to join these two ...
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What is the correct usage of “was”

I was requested that documents yesterday. I requested that documents yesterday. Which one is correct the one, with was or without was?
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Is using active and passive voice in a single sentence correct?

Could you check following sentence? Indeed, I do not know whether using active and passive voice together in a single sentence is correct. Thanks for your help. Founded by Zadeh in 1965, fuzzy set ...
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Point to be noted

Point to be noted. Hallo, teachers. I am muddled here. Either this is a passive sentence or not? I am still looking for the reason behind this sentence. If this is a passive sentence, so where the ...
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“to be + V-ing / V-ed” Passive or Active?

Please read the following two sentences. 1) "We are concerned over this issue as the list seems to be expanding from drinks to foods" 2) "Samples have been taken to be analyzed" Today, I ...
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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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The word “muddle” should use active or passive?

When I couldn't distinguish two object clearly I would say: "I got muddled A up with B." or "I muddled A up with B." I found similar expression in this question, and it seems both ...
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What is wrong with “to be” in “I deserve to be known as”?

I am a blogger recently started blogging in English. I generally use a proofreader to check my writing errors and it usually gets to this: I deserve to be known as the guy I am. What is wrong with ...
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Active to passive voice conversion and vice versa

I have to convert the following sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa: A) Most insomnia is caused by stress. B) Health chiefs have voiced concerns that Britain is fast becoming a ...
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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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“to keep them/to be kept at the required temperature”

Perishable foodstuffs are kept in refrigerated cabinets to keep them at the required temperature. Perishable foodstuffs are kept in refrigerated cabinets to be kept at the required temperature. ...
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Preposition phrases in passivizing active sentences

Choose the correct option: They are building an institute next to our school. An institute next to our school is being built by them. An institute is being built by them next to our school. In the ...
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Active vs Passive (Which construction is correct in which context )

I read the below sentence in Learn American English website. You were given some money to see a movie. Is this passive construction correct? Or do we need to construct it as follows: I got some ...
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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/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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“She was supposed to phone …”, What is the active voice? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence in the passive voice? She was supposed to phone Jack last night. If yes, What is the active voice version of it?
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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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Convert “want not*, waste not” to the passive voice

Please convert Waste not, want not to the passive voice. (This was asked in an exam, by the way.) Normally, converting a sentence to the passive voice requires a clear subject and object, which ...
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Sanctioned me the loan vs sanctioned loan to me

Which one of the following sentence is correct / better ? The office sanctioned loan to me . Or The office sanctioned me the loan. From my point of view first sentence seems correct to me ...
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How many friends were invited by you Vs How many friends were you invited by?

I am confused which type of passive sentence should be used and why Active How many friends did you invite? Passive 1 How many friends were invited by you? or 2 How many friends were you ...
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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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Passive voice and Active voice with respect to “there are”, “they are” “there is” and when there is no action

From my understanding the difference between Passive voice and Active voice is based on action. For example, "Steve loves Amy" - active. "Amy is loved by Steve." - passive. Now what if there is no ...
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Active/passive : The thief stole my cloak as I was asleep in the waiting room [closed]

The thief stole my cloak as I was asleep in the waiting room. Which is the better option to change voice of the above given sentence from the below given two options : A) My cloak was stolen as I ...
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Active construction of 'Our team is so blessed…'?

Would anybody specify the active form of the following passive sentence. Our team is so blessed to have each other Also please let me know the significance of "have" in the above sentence. I ...
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How can I change this sentence into passive voice ?

Question: I study with Mrs.Cara Answer: I am studied with Mrs.Cara Or I am made to study with Mrs.Cara Which one is correct ? Please help me !
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Why active voice is used in the sentence, not a passive?

The example sentence is: The Views Framework is a core feature of Ambari and specific Views build on that Framework. So why it is build, not are built? How meaning would changed if it had been are ...
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Active To Passive

Have a question about forming passive sentences from active sentences. 1a "The rebels attacked the city from the hilltop." 2a "The teacher yelled at the students from his (teacher's) office." ...
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“One can be said” vs. “One can say” [closed]

One can be said... One can say Would you tell me where/when would you rather use the above phrases? or is there any difference between them?
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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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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 ...