Passive or active voice


The film has often been praised for its stark realism.  Is this sentence in the active or passive voice?

asked May 24 '12 at 08:37 Mary New member

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It is passive. "has been praised"

link answered May 24 '12 at 09:07 alavi New member

Thank you for your response. However, Grammarly classifies the sentence as active. I thought is may have something to do with the fact that the film itself has stark realism - the fact it's praised is just modifying the clause "The film has stark realism". Any further thoughts?

MaryMay 24 '12 at 09:55

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If in the verb part, Be + Past participle form of the verb is found, it is sure that it is passive.


The same is the case in your sentence: "been praised", so it is passive.

link comment answered May 24 '12 at 10:19 Rahul Gupta Expert

As Rahul and Lewis note, the sentence is passive.


I believe the Grammarly service does not recognize it as such because "often" splits "has been". If you run the same sentence without "often", the service flags it as passive.

link answered May 24 '12 at 15:18 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank you all for your answers. The mystery is solved—I was confused with Grammarly not recognising it as passive.

MaryMay 24 '12 at 23:00

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