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Change Passive Voice to Active Voice

We are going to address changing passive voice to active voice. When you use passive voice, it gives a feel of the distant past and the subject becomes the object of the action rather than the subject doing the action. These statements are easily changed.

  • The house was filled with the children’s laughter.
  • The children’s laughter filled the house.
  • The party was canceled by her parents.
  • Her parents canceled the party.

There will be times you will want to keep the passive voice. For instance, if you are unsure who or what is the active voice (The ring with stolen.), or you want the active object to be more prominent (The Pentagon was attacked by terrorists.).

Your Assignment

Be on the lookout for the word “by” as it often points to a passive voice phrase. Using your find tool, search for “was” and “were” and rewrite the passive phrases to active voice. Keep in mind “was” doesn’t always mean the phrase is in passive form. Read carefully.

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