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The Passive Voice

The Passive Voice
Passive and Active Voices Verbs are also said to be either active (The executive committee approved the new policy) or passive (The new policy was approved by the executive committee) in voice. In the active voice, the subject and verb relationship is straightforward: the subject is a be-er or a do-er and the verb moves the sentence along. In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is neither a do-er or a be-er, but is acted upon by some other agent or by something unnamed (The new policy was approved). Computerized grammar checkers can pick out a passive voice construction from miles away and ask you to revise it to a more active construction. There is nothing inherently wrong with the passive voice, but if you can say the same thing in the active mode, do so (see exceptions below). use the passive voice to avoid responsibility for actions taken. Take the quiz (below) as an exercise in recognizing and changing passive verbs. Passive Verb Formation Verbals in Passive Structures Related:  VoiceGramáticaEscritura

Common Grammar Mistakes I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge. Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. Which and That This is one of the most common mistakes out there, and understandably so. Lay and Lie This is the crown jewel of all grammatical errors. Moot

Cases of Nouns and Pronouns Definition Nouns and pronouns in English are said to display case according to their function in the sentence. They can be subjective or nominative (which means they act as the subject of independent or dependent clauses), possessive (which means they show possession of something else), or objective (which means they function as the recipient of action or are the object of a preposition). Except for the possessive forms (usually formed by the addition of an apostrophe and the letter s), nouns do not change form in English. (This is one of the few ways in which English is easier than other languages.) Pronouns, however, do change form when they change case; these changes are most clearly illustrated among the personal pronouns. Jayden and I versus Jayden and Me For some writers and speakers, the case of a pronoun becomes especially troublesome when that pronoun is compounded with something or someone else. Jayden and I are playing tennis this afternoon. Choosing Cases in Captions

HyperGrammar | The Writing Center Welcome to HyperGrammar electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa's Writing Centre. This course covers approximately the same ground as our English department's ENG 1320 Grammar course. The content of HyperGrammar is the result of the collaborative work of the four instructors who were teaching the course in Fall 1993: Heather MacFadyen, David Megginson, Frances Peck, and Dorothy Turner. This package is designed to allow users a great deal of freedom and creativity as they read about grammar. This package is currently under construction! Please read the Copyright and Terms of Use before you begin using HyperGrammar, and note that we provide NO WARRANTY of the accuracy or fitness for use of the information in this package. * This site uses the Oxford dictionary spelling. We do not offer any writing help by e-mail. No permission is required to link to this site. Written by David Megginson (editor)

Le Français ne vient pas du latin ! - Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libres Citations « Le Français ne vient pas du latin ! » sur Wikiquote, le recueil de citations libre Le Français ne vient pas du latin ! est un ouvrage écrit par Yves Cortez par lequel il s'attaque au dogme selon lequel le français serait issu du latin. Contrairement à l'idée généralement admise, le français ne vient pas du latin, pas plus que l'italien, le roumain ni aucune langue romane ne viennent du latin. Le latin aurait pu sombrer dans l'oubli, mais il a été sauvé par l'Église catholique qui fait le choix du latin et non du grec. Le vocabulaire des langues romanes se révèle très différent de celui du latin si l'on met de côté les mots savants qui sont pour l'essentiel empruntés au latin. Je note au passage que l'étymologie officielle fait venir le mot ORGUEIL du francique. Citation choisie citation du jour pour le 23 octobre 2008. Les langues peuvent disparaître comme le gaulois en France, et le celtibère en Espagne.

Strong Authorial Voice By Nicholas So you've got a great novel in the works. It's got everything your audience could ask for - orcs and goblins, champions and villains, flashy adventures and passionate romance. Now the question is not what to write but how to write it; now comes the question of voice. Voice, like personality, is a nebulous term, and it has as many facets. I would like to first dispel a few myths concerning voice, or, as it is sometimes referred to, style. So let's talk voice. The universals of strong writing Every artist wants to be unique. Clarity is above all the hallmark of good writing. I believe this difficulty, which verse, by nature and origin emotional, encounters in dealing with ordinary unemotional narrative, to lie as a technical reason at the bottom of Horace's advice to the writer of Epic to plunge in media res, thus avoiding flat preparative and catching at once a high wind which shall carry him hereafter across dull levels and intervals. Passive Voice: The mirror was shattered.

Modal Verbs Exercise 1 1. Ted's flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He be exhausted after such a long flight. He prefer to stay in tonight and get some rest. 2. If you want to get a better feeling for how the city is laid out, you walk downtown and explore the waterfront. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. we pull over at the next rest stop? 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. you always say the first thing that pops into your head? 20. Word classes To discuss accuracy and style at the sentence level, we need to be able refer to the different word classes, or parts of speech (verb, noun, adjective, adverb, linker/ conjunction, etc.) we use in sentences. nouns give names to ideas, people, objects and actions verbs give meanings to sentences by telling us what things do, or what they are adjectives describe ideas, people, objects and actions, in other words, nouns and pronouns adverbs describe verbs and adjectives determiners (including articles) tell us which noun is being referred to prepositions show the relationship between nouns and other parts of the sentence linkers (or conjunctions) join similar parts of speech or whole clauses Questions about word classes Sometimes words have more than one meaning and fit into more than one category. Question about words which are in more than one class

EL MANDARIN : Enlaces para aprender mandarín 1. Diccionario etimológico: 2. 3. 4. Dialect Modal Verb Tutorial Modals are special verbs which behave very irregularly in English. has created one of the most in-depth modal tutorials in print or online. Study the modal explanations and complete the associated exercises and take another step toward English fluency. If you want to use the Modal Verb Tutorial as a reference only and do not want to complete the tutorial Click Here . The tutorial should be completed as follows: 1. 2. What are Modal Verbs? Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. 1. Examples: He can speak Chinese. 2. He should not be late. 3. He will can go with us. Common Modal Verbs For the purposes of this tutorial, we have included some expressions which are not modal verbs including had better, have to, and have got to. Your personal online English school.

Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan President, Dies Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters Venezuelans in Caracas after President Hugo Chávez’s death was announced. He had been out of public view since December. Close to tears and his voice cracking, Vice President Nicolás Maduro said he and other officials had gone to the military hospital where Mr. In short order, police officers and soldiers were highly visible as people ran through the streets, calling loved ones on cellphones, rushing to get home. As darkness fell, somber crowds congregated in the main square of Caracas and at the military hospital, with men and women crying openly in sadness and fear about what would come next. In one neighborhood, Chávez supporters set fire to tents and mattresses used by university students who had chained themselves together in protest several days earlier to demand more information about Mr. “Are you happy now?” Mr. Mr. The Constitution says that, since Mr. But in light of Mr. Taking a page out of Mr.

La influencia del budismo en el idioma chino - ConfucioMag Los orígenes del budismo se remontan al siglo VI a.C., a Kapilavastu, la capital del clan de los Sakya, en India, donde nacería el futuro Buda Siddharta Gautama. Este jefe espiritual, conocido bajo el nombre de Sakyamuni, prodigó, a raíz de su despertar, unas enseñanzas a sus discípulos durante toda su vida. La evolución de la lengua china y la riqueza de su vocabulario le deben mucho al budismo. Tomemos como ejemplo un carácter que tenga su origen en un término budista. En el léxico chino hay unas quinientas palabras de origen budista, como por ejemplo las palabras y expresiones: mundo, cambiante, tierra pura, impecable, “todo el mundo es afortunado”. El término “mundo” (世界, shìjiè) aparece en el Sutra Shurangama. Wuchang (无常) es un término budista que significa que todo en este mundo –cosa o pensamiento– es provisional, cambiante. Yichen buran (一尘不染) es un término budista que designa a aquel que no está contaminado por la polución espiritual, y por lo tanto su corazón es puro.