How can I correct a passive voice use

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I am returning to further my education because the company I work for was brought out, and I am not sure what department they are keeping.

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I am returning to further my education because the company I work for was brought out, and I am not sure what department they are keeping.
asked Mar 05 '12 at 22:01 gerri New member

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Passive voice is easy to spot...  If a computer can spot it, then so can you...
Look for "to be" followed by a past participle.

For example: "Was jumped" is passive.  It has "was" followed by the past participle of jump.

Another: "was kicked"

Another: "was told"

The way to change it to active is to change the past participle.

John jumped OR John kicked OR John told.

Often, when changing passive to active, we'll actually have to think more about the intended meaning of the sentence.  Figure out who or what is doing the main verb and move him/her/it to the beginning of the sentence.
 

Just to clarify, passive voice is not an error, necessarily.  It's just one form that verb strings can take.  Kind of like a tense (past or present) or a mood (hypothetical or indicative).  Sometimes, we want to write in passive voice.  Often, technical writing is passive voice because the main focus of the sentence is the object being acted upon, not the actor.

Hope this helps.  If not, I can post my whole active/passive lesson for ya...

link comment answered Mar 06 '12 at 03:09 Erik Czerwin Contributor

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