Passive Voice and Active VoicePassive Voice (Why It is Evil and How to Recognize It.) Two "voices" occur in English grammar: active voice and passive voice. The difference is subtle at first, but it's easy to master once the grammarian understands the basics. Examine the subject and the main verb in the two sentences below: (A) The boy hit the ball. In sentence A, we might ask ourselves, what does the hitting? In sentence B, we might ask ourselves what is the subject? Note: Sometimes the passive voice sentence is necessary when the speaker wants to hide the agent or obscure what occurs. In most other cases, it is better rhetoric to use active voice. (1) Active voice sentences are often more concise than passive voice. The fighter punched Ali and dodged the uppercut. (2) Passive voice requires more "weak" words. The airplane was flown to Bermuda (by the pilot). To be verbs and the prepositions do not add much to the sentence in terms of color. The pilot flew the airplane to Bermuda. My car has been driven to Dallas.
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