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Chapter 5. Altered States: Verbs > Active and Passive Voice: A Mistake Has Been... - Pg. 55

Altered States: Verbs 55 Active and Passive Voice: A Mistake Has Been Made Verbs also show voice , the form of the verb that shows whether the subject performs the action or received the action. English verbs have two voices: active and passive. 1. A verb is active when the subject performs the action, as in these examples: · We made a mistake. ( We are taking blame.) · I played a blank tape on full volume. The mime next door complained. ( I am doing the action in the first sentence; the mime is doing the action in the second sentence.) A verb is passive when its action is performed upon the subject, as in these examples: · A mistake has been made. (No one is taking credit for the mistake.) · A tape was played by me at full volume. A complaint was made by the mime next door. (The action is performed upon the subjects.) 2. You Could Look It Up Voice is the form of the verb that shows whether the subject performed the action or received the action. In general, use the active voice instead of the passive voice. The active voice was voted "Most