How can I fix this sentence? I do not understand how to get the passive voice gone... Would be glad for some help!
Immigration has led to a multicultural society where the Norwegian society is influenced by different languages and family and food traditions (regjeringen.no 2013).
I like where Lewis is headed, but I'm not a big fan of his solution. Immigration itself doesn't have different languages and family and food traditions (it's the people who immigrate who do). I think your original sentence is fine, but if you want to switch the dependent clause to the active voice, I think you should do so within your current sentence structure:
Immigration has led to a multicultural society where different languages and family and food traditions influence the Norwegian society (regjeringen.no 2013).
I'm guessing that your citation is of a website, but I can't comment on whether the structure is correct or not.
|link||answered Jul 15 '13 at 14:19 Actually Holly Expert|
I'm not entirely sure that this is passive voice. I teach my students a fun test for passive voice. Add "by zombies" at the end of the sentence. If it still makes sense, then it is passive; if the sentence does not make sense, then it is active.
In this case, I suggest switching the verb: "Immigration created a multicultural society..." but I'm not sure if "created" maintains the meaning of the original sentence in its context.
I hope this helps.
|link||answered Jul 15 '13 at 12:53 Neznayou New member|
Part of the reason the passive voice is discouraged (hehehe) is that it encourages vague and unclear use of ideas.
For example, "the passive voice is discouraged" says that *someone* out there is discouraging, but it doesn't tell anyone who that someone is. If I say "writing instructors and editors," the sentence is far more precise. If it were govenment agencies and tax accountants who disouraged the use of the passive voice, I don't think many of us would care...
In your sentence, you've got "Immigration" as the subject, which seems okay... but ask yourself: what does "Immigration" actually do? Aren't we talking about real people who have these new languages and traditions?
|link||answered Jul 15 '13 at 17:31 Daniel Jackson New member|
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