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The Passive Voice Explained – Plus An Infographic – Writers Write

Writers mostly use the active voice. It brings our words to life with its immediacy and accountability. As authors, we are taking responsibility and not distancing ourselves from our words. We tend to bore readers when we use the passive voice.

Consider these two sentences:

  1. Our sentences are constructed in either the ‘active’ or the ‘passive’ voice. (Passive)
  2. We construct our sentences in either the ‘active’ or the ‘passive’ voice. (Active)

The voice depends on where we place the emphasis.

  1. If the emphasis is placed on the object of the action, the sentence is passive.
  2. If the emphasis is placed on the subject, the sentence is active.

Writers Write Tip: We tell students that if you can add the words ‘by zombies’ at the end of the sentence, you are using the passive voice.

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