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Using the Passive Voice

The passive voice gets a bad rap, but its not actually a grammatical error. The key is knowing when the passive voice is appropriate for what you're writing—it can be a stylistic choice, for example. While it isnt an error, it can sometimes make your writing sound wordy and indirect. In some cases, writers may even try to use it to avoid accountability. Thats whats going on in sentences like "Mistakes were made." Find out when and where to use the passive voice and how to turn it into the active voice when needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Grammarly’s passive voice checker work?

Grammarlys algorithms analyze your writing in real time to detect the passive voice and help you replace it with the active voice.

Where can I use Grammarly’s passive voice checker?

Grammarlys passive voice checker works in your browser and across all of your favorite desktop apps.

What is the passive voice?

Voice is an aspect of grammar that has to do with the relationship between subjects and verbs. In passive voice sentences, the grammatical subject is not the person or thing performing the action of the sentence.

How can I improve my use of active vs. passive voice?

The passive voice isnt wrong, but it's not always appropriate. Its pretty common to use the passive voice in scientific writing or in situations where you don't know who performed a certain action, as in "My bike was stolen." But in most other cases, sticking to the active voice is more direct and produces more concise writing.

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