Active Voice


How do you say "I was born here," using active voice?

See example:

I was born here.
asked May 19 '13 at 04:01 Edwin Hernandez New member

4 answers


Expanding on Sanjay's answer, which is correct, I would point out that 'born' is used as an adjective in this sentence. While 'born' (or 'borne') could be the past participle of 'to bear', it is a predicate adjective here.

link comment answered May 19 '13 at 13:43 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I agree with Shawn Mooney.  It is a passive voice sentence.

link comment answered May 22 '13 at 09:32 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

Hmm, I don't agree; I consider was born to be a passive verb construction here, not an adjective.  I do see that you can find as many dictionary references to born as an adjective as a passive participle.  But isn't the test for "adjective vs. participle" that other linking verbs besides be must be able to be used for it to be an adjective?  For the specific meaning of physical birth, you can only use be + born; you can show more figurative meanings (destined to do something, for example) with other linking verbs:  He felt born to lead. He seemed born to be a leader.  He was born to lead.  You certainly can’t use those other linking verbs for the physical birth sense of the word.  So I am quite sure I am right.  Thoughts?

link comment answered May 20 '13 at 04:44 Shawn Mooney Expert

To make a sentence active voice, you swap the subject with the direct object. In a sentence like "I was born here," born by who? Your mother. So to make the sentence active, you would change it to "My mother bore me here." Or "My mother gave birth to me here."


Althought this is technically the answer to your question, let me point out that very few people would say this. "I was born here" is perfectly good English, and if you are trying to correct the sentence because a grammar checker told you that it is passive voice, my advice is to leave it alone.

link comment edited May 20 '13 at 14:32 DZM2 New member

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