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Part VII: Improving sentence structure > Active and passive voice

Chapter 23. Active and passive voice

Explanation

Voiceis the form of a verb as it relates to its subject. When the subject of a sentence performs the action, the verb is active, as in “The quarterback threw the football.” When the subject of a sentence receives the action, the verb is passive, as in “The football was thrown by the quarterback.” As these examples demonstrate, active voice is usually more clear and direct than passive voice. Therefore, you should always strive to use active voice when you write.


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