Can anyone help me rewrite the following sentence from passive voice to active voice? I am a little stuck.
Much thanks in advance!!
These villages were located in rural areas, where not many encounters from the outside world aside from a few NGOs took part.
Your question is asked frequently on this forum -- as many as three to five times a day. To address this question, Patty recently put together a Q&A that should help. Please see the link in Patty's answer.
Scott's answer does not make the sentence active. It only changes the sentence from the past tense to the present tense. To be active, the sentence needs to tell us who located the villages in rural areas. Active sentences need a subject -- an actor -- that can cause the action described by the verb.
In your sentence, that actor may not be important to your meaning. If so, perhaps the passive voice is best for your meaning.
Remember, passive versus active is a matter of style -- it is neither right nor wrong. While active voice is often more interesting to read -- and easier to comprehend -- there is no "rule" -- other than your teacher -- that calls for every sentence to be active. In fact, some studies suggest that "good writing" consists of a mix of active and passive sentences. Some suggest a ratio of 95% active to 5% passive. And others suggest that "to be" verbs -- such as are and were -- make up between 10% and 20% of the total verbs in a text.
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