Passive Voice! Can someone help me rewrite it?
There is no doubt that the entire country was affected by the images being shown.
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?
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