Passive Voice! Can someone help me rewrite it?


There is no doubt that the entire country was affected by the images being shown. 

asked Aug 03 '12 at 03:50 Lauren New member

I am sorry if I have hurt your feelings. I am the last person to insult you. No one is perfect... that is why pencils have erasers.

sanjayAug 03 '12 at 05:16

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Sanjay actually asks a profound question. I will expand it into two questions.


Why do you want your sentences, at least those you have posted, to be active voice? Is it a requirement of your teacher's? While it is difficult to tell without being able to read the full context, the sentences you've posted seem apt and direct, even if passive voice. If these sentences are spread amidst many active voice sentences, I would suggest leaving them alone. Often, the passive voice can be a welcome change of pace when used sparingly.


If most of your sentences are passive, Sanjay's question becomes appropriate. Why do you tend to write in the passive voice? Understanding your own inner voice can help you adopt a more active voice.


When I began my research manuscript two years ago, I discovered that I was overusing the passive voice. I did not feel I was qualified to write boldly about my topic. I felt the need to waffle a bit, and the passive voice allowed me to do that. I thought, I will leave the unequivocal statements to the experts. However, I came to realize that I AM the expert on my topic -- I have the degrees and I done the original research. If I can't draw conclusions and make bold statements, who can? With that insight, I found that I no longer felt the need to write in the passive voice.


To your sentence posted here, starting a sentence with "there is" is not only passive, but is considered especially weak. While I don't object to passive sentences in general, I would find a way to rewrite this sentence. Who has no doubt? What caused the country to be affected?

link answered Aug 03 '12 at 05:26 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Mr. Lauren has mistaken me. I am not here to insult anyone. I show up here to improve my skills.

sanjayAug 03 '12 at 05:46

Sir, you are all well-qualified to call yourself as an "expert". I am 30 , and my age is your experience in the English language.

sanjayAug 03 '12 at 05:53

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I fail to understand why  Lauren is bent upon making the sentences in the passive.  Can any of the experts explain this hard fact?

link edited Aug 03 '12 at 04:55 sanjay Expert

Sanjay aren't you an expert? Ask yourself! I didn't know being insulted was included in my subscription fee.

LaurenAug 03 '12 at 05:01

Lauren, Sanjay is still learning English. Over the past 6 months, he has been the most frequent poster of questions. The shear volume of his excellent questions has resulted in his becoming an "expert" just in the past several days. So be kind, he does not mean to insult you.

Jeff PribylAug 03 '12 at 05:10

Thank you for apologizing. I am not bent upon making sentences in the passive. I don't fully understand what that even means. I have yet to take a college level english course. I am taking an undergraduate media class. My next class is english. Hopefully, my professor will help me with understanding passive voice.

LaurenAug 03 '12 at 17:28

Lauren, Even you can become an "expert" if you answer one-hundred questions correctly. If you score 1000 points(100X10 points/questions), then the "expert" label will be automatically displayed on the forum. Just because I have scored 1000 points,do you think I am an expert? No, definitely not. On the positive note, I am going to write an article on active voice versus passive voice for your better understanding.

sanjayAug 03 '12 at 17:59

By the way, May I know where you are from.

sanjayAug 03 '12 at 18:01

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