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Can anyone help me rewrite the following sentence from passive voice to active voice? I am a little stuck.

Much thanks in advance!!

See example:

These villages were located in rural areas, where not many encounters from the outside world aside from a few NGOs took part.
asked Nov 24 '12 at 19:50 Olivia Ridgewood New member

Apart from a NGO, not many outsiders encounter the villagers, who are living in rural areas.

Md. Mushfiqur RahmanNov 25 '12 at 03:45

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Your question is asked frequently on this forum -- as many as three to five times a day. To address this question, Patty recently put together a Q&A that should help. Please see the link in Patty's answer.

 

Scott's answer does not make the sentence active. It only changes the sentence from the past tense to the present tense. To be active, the sentence needs to tell us who located the villages in rural areas. Active sentences need a subject -- an actor -- that can cause the action described by the verb.

 

In your sentence, that actor may not be important to your meaning. If so, perhaps the passive voice is best for your meaning.

 

Remember, passive versus active is a matter of style -- it is neither right nor wrong. While active voice is often more interesting to read -- and easier to comprehend -- there is no "rule" -- other than your teacher -- that calls for every sentence to be active. In fact, some studies suggest that "good writing" consists of a mix of active and passive sentences. Some suggest a ratio of 95% active to 5% passive. And others suggest that "to be" verbs -- such as are and were -- make up between 10% and 20% of the total verbs in a text.

link comment answered Nov 24 '12 at 21:13 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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Apart from a NGO, not many outsiders encounter the villagers, who are living in rural areas.

link comment answered Nov 25 '12 at 03:46 Md. Mushfiqur Rahman New member
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This should be correct.

 

The villages are located in rural areas and don't experience many encounters from the outside world aside from a few NGO's.

link answered Nov 24 '12 at 20:19 Scott Martin Contributor

Your revised sentence is still passive -- you have only changed the sentence from past tense to present tense.

Jeff PribylNov 24 '12 at 21:03

My mistake.... "The villages located in rural areas don't experience many encounters from the outside world aside from a few NGO's."

Scott MartinNov 25 '12 at 04:51

Still passive. Changing the verb does not make the sentence active. In a strict sense, you must have a subject that is capable of taking the action of the verb. Being inanimate and nonsentient, a village cannot "experience" anything. You can correct this problem by changing villages to villagers.

Jeff PribylNov 26 '12 at 05:18

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