Write in the Active Voice
edited: Sunday, November 20, 2005
By Charlene Tess
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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2005
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Here is an excerpt from my grammar workbook, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense.
Tip #1: When writing simple sentences, learn to use active verbs.
Avoid the passive voice that slows the sentence down. (Verbs in the passive voice use is, am, are, was, were ,be, been, or being as a helping verb in front of the past participle.)
Examples: Kim was hit by Kerry.
(This sentence is in the passive voice.)
Kerry hit Kim. (This sentence is in the active voice.)
To eliminate the passive voice:
remove the helping verb (is, am, are, was, were, be, been, being)
flip/flop the ends of the sentence
Example: Passive voice - The man was given an award by the service club.
Active voice - The service club gave the man an award.