Passive voice use


I would like to know what is passive voice, I noticed when I used grammarly that was one of my errors.  I did not understand it or how to correct the error.

asked Sep 13 '12 at 17:57 Adrian G Jones New member

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Here's a link to the Handbook article. Another way to explain the difference is, in passive voice, the subject is not doing the action; instead, the action is being done to the subject.

link comment answered Sep 14 '12 at 02:24 mysticete Contributor

Adrian, just so you know, passive voice is not an error.  Grammarly points it out because instructors at most universities as for papers to be written in active voice.  A significant portion of users are students, so I asume that is why Grammarly added this feature to its software.  (We aren't employees here on this forum.) 


There are appropriate times for the passive voice to be used, even in scholarly papers.  Active voice is generally more pleasant to read. 

link comment answered Sep 14 '12 at 16:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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