Passive vs. Action Voice

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It says that this sentence is in the passive voice, but it needs to be in the action voice. I have tried to change it and it still has the same message. Help?!

See example:

Chemotherapy is referred to and often shortened to the word "chemo."
asked Sep 18 '13 at 23:41 B. Curtis New member

3 answers


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You need to understand what the active (not action) and passive voices are.

An active sentence has the subject performing the action of the verb.

I hit the ball.

'I' is the subject performing the action, 'hit', and the 'ball' is the direct object.

 

I can turn it around and make 'ball' the subject, and the sentence becomes passive voice.

Note the use of 'was', the past tense of the verb 'to be', in the passive voice. 

The ball was hit by me.

 

 

 

 

Chemotherapy is referred to and often shortened to the word "chemo."

This is passive voice and contains 'is', present tense of 'to be'.  'Referred' is the verb, so we have to introduce a referrer. Let's use 'people'.

People often refer to chemotherapy by its shortened term, "chemo".

 

This is the same sentence in active voice.

link comment answered Sep 19 '13 at 01:08 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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this sentence makes more sense in the passive than in the active because the focus is on chemotherapy and not on people who refer to it.

example 1: my focus is on the road building company: it's a good company: it built this road many years ago: I use the active voice to focus on the actor.

 

example2: my focus is on the road: it's a good road: it was built(by  ..... company) many years ago.

 

it doesn't always make sense to turn all active sentences into passive and vice versa.

  Ex: active voice: I have tea every morning .  I can't imagine the passive form of that sentence. 

link comment answered Sep 19 '13 at 11:38 Jean Cyprien Ndiaye New member
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hemotherapy and not on people who refer to it.

example 1: my focus is on the road building company: it's a good company: it built this road many years ago: I use the active voice to focus on the actor.

example2: my focus is on the road: it's a good road: it was built(by  ..... company) many years ago.

it doesn't always make sense to turn all active sentences into passive and vice versa.

  Ex: active voice: I have tea every morning .  I can't imagine the passive form of that sentence.  

link comment answered Sep 19 '13 at 11:40 Jean Cyprien Ndiaye New member

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