A Bit of Grammar: Passive and Active Voice

The Sarcastic Muse

A couple months ago, I did a post on the verbal categories of tense and aspect. Now I’d like to continue on with this series and take a look at another verbal category: passive and active voice. Many writers understand very well what the passive and active voice is, but as I mentioned in my previous grammar post, it can be confused with the progressive and perfect aspects. Seeing as I can’t do anything halfway, this is a post for those who’d like to acquire a deeper understanding of how  passive and active sentences are actually formed. In doing so, this may help you understand how you’re using your sentences in your own writing.

So what is passive voice and what is active voice?

In short, a passive sentence is a sentence whose subject is not the one doing the action. To break this down further, we can first consider…

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