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Exercises

Exercises

  1. Transform the following passive constructions into active constructions.

    1. The mission was flown successfully until the radio was dropped on the floor.

    2. The car was hit at 65 mph by the truck.

    3. That principle is kept in mind by all of us.

    4. The executive summary was written by S. Johnson and myself.

    5. The two teams were beaten by the Bengals.

    6. We are exposed to radiation from radioactive elements contained in fallout from nuclear explosives testing and unavoidable discharges from nuclear installations.

    7. However, if alpha-emitting materials are taken into the body by inhalation or along with food or water, they can expose internal tissues directly and therefore represent a hazard.

    8. There has always been a desire by the tart cherry producers for formal organization.

  2. Go back through a paper you have written either for this class or for another and underline all the passive constructions. Then decide in each case whether passivity was necessary. Defend the usage if it was; change it to active voice if it wasn't.

  3. Identify and evaluate passive constructions in someone else's writing. You may choose a published or unpublished piece or one in draft form. Be clear about how your changes would improve the piece of writing. (Peer reviews of classmates' writing are good opportunities for doing this work.)


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