Passive and active voice

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I always have the most issues in my writing with passive and active voice. I do not understand how to rewrite these sentences. I guess I do not understand the explaination either.

See example:

The authors point out that past research has shown that children are disadvantaged when living in single parent families, but the variable of family structure has not been included in the majority of the research to date.
asked Feb 02 '12 at 00:17 janet New member

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Here's a link for a helpful website that can explain passive and active better than I can:
 

http://essayisay.homestead.com/passive.html

 

Active versus passive voice is just a difference between the subject of the sentence doing the action, or the subject receiving the action. This site gives pretty clear examples of each one, with the same basic sentence rewritten to show the difference. Hope it helps!

link comment answered Feb 02 '12 at 04:16 Lindsay Alvey New member
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You want to avoid using "that" twice in the same sentence. Also, if you mean to say that the authors point out the missing variable, you should move it toward the end of the sentence.

Something like this:

Past research has shown that children are disadvantaged when living in single parent families, but the authors point out the majority of research to date does not include the variable of family structure.

link comment edited Feb 02 '12 at 02:52 Susan Atwood New member

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