passive voice

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the sentence has issue with passive voice for "was practiced" how do i fix it

See example:

The spanish inquisition was better known than the European inquisition, but the European inquisition was practiced in many parts of Europe.
asked May 14 '13 at 23:48 Mehar Errapothu New member

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There are many active verbs you can use here: happened, occurred, took place.

Also, I believe Spanish Inquisition and European Inquisition need a capital I in Inquisition since since they are proper nouns.

link comment answered May 15 '13 at 14:29 DZM2 New member
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What creates passive voice isn't your verb choice; it's your sentence structure. If you want to change the second part of your sentence to active voice, you'll need to change its subject to the one doing the action (Europe) instead of the one getting the action done to it (the European Inquisition):

 

The Spanish Inquisition was better known than the European Inquisition, but many parts of Europe practiced the European Inquisition.

 

You can see, though, that changing to active doesn't really help you out any. Now your sentence sounds repetitive (with both clauses ending with "European Inquisition"), and your two clauses still feel like disconnected ideas. I think your sentence would be stronger if you worded it this way:

 

Though the European Inquisition wasn't as well-known as the Spanish Inquisition, it was practiced in many parts of Europe.

 

or:

 

Though the European Inquisition wasn't as well-known as the Spanish Inquisition, it was more widespread.

 

Hope that helps! Holly

link comment answered May 15 '13 at 18:41 Actually Holly Expert

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