I CAN NOT seem to fix this sentence for passive voice. Please help.
If any one of the above motor skills is impaired; then the elderly driver's license should be taken by law.
In this sentence the word 'one' serves no useful purpose. Presumably, a person's licence would be taken away if two or more skills were impaired. Also, why should this apply only to an elderly driver? It doeesn't make much sense without further context. Without further information, I'd suggest this:
If any of a driver's motor skills are impaired, their driver's license (AM. Eng.) driving licence (Br. Eng.) should, by law, be taken away.
N.B. When "any" means one or more, we use a plural verb.
|link comment||answered Oct 25 '13 at 01:32 Paul Henderson Contributor|
I agree with Paul's suggestions. I assume you are making an argument about testing the elderly to see if they should still be driving - a hot topic for many people. He didn't answer your question about passive voice, though.
Passive voice is not grammatically incorrect. Grammarly's software flags it because many instructors require writing in active voice. Active voice is more interesting to read, but passive voice is sometimes the better choice. The choice is yours.
To make a sentence active, you need a subject that is doing the action. In your case, a driver's license cannot perform any action. Who takes away the license? The government. To make the sentence active, you need to put the government in the sentence as the subject.
For more examples and explanations about passive and active voice, use the search field at the top of the page. This is the most frequent question here, and you will find scores of answers.
|link comment||answered Oct 25 '13 at 12:28 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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