Passive voice

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How can I use this sentece correctly without using the passive voice. Thank you.

 

Piaget noted that as children grow, their biological reflexes are replaced by mental schemas (i.e., mental representations of the world based on prior knowledge and experiences change to grasp new concepts) which allows them to achieve a balance between assimilation (knowledge) and accommodation (action). In more details, the term “assimilation” suggests the process of adding new information and incorporating it into an existing schema while accommodation is the continuous enhancement of the schema when new information cannot be comprehended (Piaget, 2001). However, the care, guidance, and interaction of adults/parents will influence children’s cognitive development.

asked Nov 28 '11 at 07:35 Asrith Mompoint New member

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There are three sentences here and only the first is in the passive voice:

 

Piaget noted that as children grow, their biological reflexes are replaced by mental schemas (i.e., mental representations of the world based on prior knowledge and experiences change to grasp new concepts) which allows them to achieve a balance between assimilation (knowledge) and accommodation (action).

 

To change this sentence into the active (and God knows what difference it will make to the meaning), you merely rewrite as follows:

 

 

Piaget noted that as children grow, mental schemas (i.e., mental representations of the world based on prior knowledge and experiences change to grasp new concepts) replace their biological reflexes, which allows them to achieve a balance between assimilation (knowledge) and accommodation (action).

 

Better still:

 

Piaget noted that as children grow, they develop mental schemas (i.e., mental representations of the world based on prior knowledge and experiences change to grasp new concepts) which replace their biological reflexes, which allows them to achieve a balance between assimilation (knowledge) and accommodation (action).

 

However, unless you have good reason to change this sentence (other than, "I was told to always avoid passive voice sentences") I don't recommend you change it at all. Such rules are only useful if you truly understand why they exist and what spirit they should be taken in.

 

Have a look at why we use the passive voice here: http://www.desktopenglish.net/blog/passive-voice/

link comment answered Nov 28 '11 at 20:50 Danni Hopkins New member

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