Passive to Active


How can I change the following sentence from the passive voice to the active voice?

See example:

Therefore, I was considered a part of the nerdy crowd.
asked Feb 07 '12 at 20:04 Danielle New member

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I feel this sentence cannot be changed to active unless we have an actor and a subject. When we do this it will change the sentence completely. I'm a new member polishing up, so please do not take my answer as correct. Jamie said that I am part of the nerdy crowd.
link answered Feb 07 '12 at 20:32 Di Henderson New member

Di, the actor is the subject. In my example, crowd is the subject and me is the object of the action. Lewis NeidhardtFeb 07 '12 at 21:27

Thank you for your input, but my sentence can't have one particular actor. My paper is covering popular and nerdy crowds. DanielleFeb 07 '12 at 21:34

Thanks, have to work on the passive/active Di HendersonFeb 07 '12 at 21:46

Thanks, have to work on the passive/active Di HendersonFeb 07 '12 at 21:46

There are a LOTof questions & answers about passive & active voice on Grammarly Answers. Use the search tool to browse through them. Some of the different examples given may help you get a clearer sense of how to change from one to the other. Patty TFeb 08 '12 at 03:54

Thank you Di HendersonFeb 08 '12 at 11:43

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Lewis's suggestion is great. Another way to go is, as Di suggested, to pull in the agent. I don't know who's considering you part of the nerdy crowd, but if it's (let's say) the popular kids, the sentence would read:


"Therefore, the popular kids considered me part of the nerdy crowd."


Or if the agent has already been established, you could say:


"Therefore, they considered me part of the nerdy crowd."


Or to get even more active, you could say:


"Therefore, they lumped me in with the nerdy crowd."

link comment answered Feb 08 '12 at 18:11 Actually Holly Expert

In order to correctly change this to Active Voice, we have to know who it was that considered you a part of the nerdy crowd. Was it the nerdy crowd that did the considering, or was it the popular crowd? It would help to post whatever phrase comes before "Therefore" so we can see who is doing what, and why.


Did the nerdy crowd consider you a part of their group? Or did the popular crowd NOT consider you a part of theirs...and therefore you were considered a part of the nerdy group?


"The popular kids considered me a nerd."


But this lead me to circular thinking...if you are popular with the nerdy kids.....are you popular, or nerdy?

link comment answered Apr 09 '12 at 07:11 Tony Proano Expert

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