Passive Voice


Okay, I am trying to make this sentence non-passive. Any suggestions?

See example:

The city of Ur is found mentioned five times in the Bible: Genesis 11:28; 31; 15:7; 1Chronclies 11:35 and Nehemiah 9:7.
asked Jul 10 '11 at 07:37 Floyd Dorsey New member

1 answer


It's important to realise that the passive voice is not incorrect grammar, but rather unclear writing style. But, what is it? Passive voice, simply, is when you transform the object of a sentence into a subject. Here's an example to help you visualise:

Active voice:
"Lightning struck the tree." --> The subject is DOING the action.
(Subject and Actor: lightning, Verb: struck (past simple), Object: the tree)

In the passive voice we take the object of an active sentence and make it the subject of the passive sentence.

Passive voice:
"The tree was struck by lightning." --> The subject is RECEIVING the action
(Subject: The tree, Verb: was struck (past simple passive), Actor: lightning)



Use passive voice when:
1) The actor or the agent is unknown -- "My laptop was taken!"
2) The actor is unimportant -- "The film will be produced in Britain."
3) You want to avoid placing blame or responsibility on someone or something -- "Documents were stolen, calls were made, and justice was ignored!"
4) You're stating general knowledge or truth -- "They are made for each other."
5) To place importance on that which is receiving the action -- "The telephone was invented by Bell."


Floyd, I think your use of the passive voice is acceptable.  I would only suggest saying simply that the city of Ur is mentioned, not found mentioned. 6) You're writing for science as in for a lab report. -- "The soda was mixed with vinegar."  

link answered Jul 12 '11 at 17:16 Kimberly Expert

Very informative and detailed! Thanks a lot!

Abdul QuadirJun 23 '15 at 02:14

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