passive voice use

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what is passive voice use

See example:

Normally bail is arranged for the defendant with the insurance that the defendant will appear in court on his court date.
asked Jun 25 '13 at 19:49 Mariela New member

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Passive voice is where the subject of the sentence receives the action of the verb. All passive voice sentences will have a form of the verb 'to be' in it, but not all sentences with a form of the verb 'to be' will be passive.

 

Here is a simple example. Active voice is first, followed by passive voice.

John hit the ball. 'John' is the subject, 'hit' is the verb, and 'ball' is the direct object.

The ball was hit by John. 'Ball' is the subject, 'was hit' is the whole verb, and 'John' is the object of the preposition.

 

Let's look at your example. The important part that makes this passive is 'bail is arranged'. 'Bail' is the subject, but it is receiving the action of being arranged.

Normally bail is arranged for the defendant with the insurance that the defendant will appear in court on his court date.

 

Here is the same sentence in active voice where the defendent becomes the subject. I've also simplified it somewhat to get rid of the repetition.

Normally, the defendent will arrange bail to assure his appearance in court.

link comment answered Jun 25 '13 at 20:26 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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